Definition of the back of one's mind in English:

the back of one's mind

phrase

  • Used to express that something is in one's mind but is not consciously thought of or remembered.

    ‘she had a little nagging worry at the back of her mind’
    • ‘It all nagged at the back of my mind and was beginning to really eat into me when, on Thursday, the phone finally rang.’
    • ‘You do always, in the back of your mind, know that there's a possibility they're not coming home.’
    • ‘There are a few worries in the back of your mind but you shut them out - you have a job to do and so you get on and do it.’
    • ‘I had these small worries in the back of my mind that I didn't want to grow and haunt me.’
    • ‘You've always got the risk in the back of your mind but if you're told to get on with a job, you just do it.’
    • ‘But, as I said to someone the other day, there is always a ‘maybe’ in the back of your mind.’
    • ‘I consciously try and push it to the back of my mind while I savour a bit of relaxation.’
    • ‘Sitting on a crowded train, one overheard conversation might catch your attention and remain in the back of your mind for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘It occurred to her that though she didn't think of it consciously, it was at the back of her mind.’
    • ‘There was something nagging him in the back of his mind, and he just couldn't figure it out.’
    • ‘But it's always there in the back of your mind and you just sort of live with it.’
    • ‘You've just got to put that to the back of your mind and make sure it doesn't restrict you.’
    • ‘Mrs Patel added: ‘We are getting on with our lives but there is always that fear in the back of your mind.’’
    • ‘I'm out of contract at the end of the season and you try not to think about that but it's at the back of your mind.’
    • ‘It's kind of in the back of your mind all the time.’
    • ‘Even when you had successfully performed every other task, the problem of money always remained, a persistent, nagging worry at the back of one's mind.’
    • ‘He admitted that Benny is constantly on his mind, and Joe is often in the back of his mind.’
    • ‘Lia had pushed the remembrance of hers in the back of her mind so it couldn't affect her any more.’
    • ‘In the back of her mind, she would have to remember who she truly was, and who she truly loved.’
    • ‘But, she said, there was always the worry at the back of your mind about future flooding.’