Here is a list of idioms and expressions built around the word ‘mind’. Each idiom is followed by its meaning and example sentences.
At the back of your mind
When something is at the back of your mind, you are not thinking about it right now but you know that it is true.
- At the back of her mind, she always knew that something was wrong with her body.
Be/go out of your mind
When you are out of mind, you become crazy or confused.
- I must be out of my mind. I can’t even remember my own phone number.
Be in two minds
When you are in two minds about something, you have difficulty in making a decision.
- I’m in two minds about accepting this job.
Bring / call someone / something to mind
- That incident brought to my mind a strange experience I had years ago. (= That incident reminded me of a strange experience.)
- I know him but I can’t call his name to mind at the moment. (= I can’t remember his name at the moment.)
Change your mind (about something)
To change your mind is to change your decision or opinion.
- She had decided to go out but later she changed her mind.
Get someone / something out of your mind
To get someone out of your mind is to stop thinking about him.
- No matter how hard I try, I can’t get him out of my mind.
Have someone in mind
When you have someone or something in mind, you know the kind of person or thing you want.
- We will start painting the walls tomorrow. Do you have any particular colour in mind?
Have (it) in mind to do something
When you have it in mind to do something, you want to do it.
- I really had it in mind to give him a tight slap. (= I really wanted to give him a tight slap.)
Have a mind of your own
When you have a mind of your own, you have strong opinions. You are also capable of making your own decisions.
- My little daughter has a mind of her own!
Have / keep an open mind
To have an open mind is to be willing to listen to other people’s opinions.
- If you are keen on building good relationships with your people, you must be willing to have an open mind.
The last thing on your mind
When something is the last thing on your mind, it is not what you want to worry about because you have got even more serious problems.
- Work is the last thing on my mind at the moment.
Make up your mind
To make up your mind is to make a decision.
- I just can’t make up my mind.
- I can’t make up my mind whether to accept the job or not.
Someone’s mind goes blank
When your mind goes blank you are unable to think anything.
- When they asked for my comments on the issue, my mind went completely blank.