|bear in mind||If a person asks you to bear something in mind, they are asking you to remember it because it is important.|
You must bear in mind that the cost of living is higher in New York.
|brain/memory like a sieve||Someone who has a brain like a sieve has a very bad memory and forgets things easily.|
Oh, I forgot to buy the bread – I’ve got a brain like a sieve these days!
|have down pat||If you memorize or practise something until you know it perfectly or have it exactly right, you have it down pat.|
I rehearsed my presentation until I had it down pat.
|have on the brain||If you have something on the brain, you think or talk abut it all constantly.|
Stop talking about golf. You’ve got golf on the brain!
|in one ear and out the other||To say that information goes in one ear and comes out the othermeans that it is immediately forgotten or ignored.|
I keep telling him about the risks but it goes in one ear and out the other. He never listens!
|jog someone’s memory||When you help someone to remember something they have forgotten, you jog their memory.|
You don’t remember who was with us that day? Here’s a photograph to jog your memory.
|lose your train of thought||If you forget what you were saying, for example after a disturbance or interruption, you lose your train of thought.|
Now where was I? I’m afraid I’ve lost my train of thought.
|if memory serves well||If your memory serves you well, you remember correctly or you have not forgotten any details.|
You’re Stella’s daughter, if my memory serves me well.
|trip down memorylane||If you take a trip (stroll or walk) down memory lane, you remember pleasant things that happened in the past.|
Every Christmas is a trip down memory for the family when our parents take out the photograph albums.
|in your mind’s eye||If you can visualise something, or see an image of it in your mind, you see it in your mind’s eye.|
I can see the village in my mind’s eye but I can’t remember the name.
|rake over the ashes||When people rake over the ashes, they discuss an unpleasant event which took place in the past.|
My grandfather’s business went bankrupt years go, but he still rakes over the ashes from time to time.
|refresh someone’s memory||If you refresh someone’s memory, you remind them of facts they seem to have forgotten.|
Let me refresh your memory – your’ve already missed three classes this term.
|ring a bell||If something rings a bell, it sounds familiar, but you don’t remember the exact details.|
John Bentley? The name rings a bell but I don’t remember him.
|senior moment||A momentary lapse of memory, especially in older people, or an absent-minded action such as putting the cereals in the refrigerator, is humorously referred to as having a senior moment.|
I found the phone in the cupboard. I must have had a senior moment!
|it slipped my mind||If something has slipped your mind, you have forgotten about it.|
Oh dear! It slipped my mind that the shops were closed today!