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English definition of “at/in the back of your mind”

at/in the back of your mind

If something is at/in the back of your mind, you intend to do it, but are not actively thinking about it: It's been at the back of my mind to call José for several days now, but I haven't got round to it yet.Knowledge and awarenessMemory and memories Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.See moreGrammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]See moreGrammar:Back as a nounSee moreGrammar:Back as an adjectiveSee moreGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]See more
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