put someone in mind of

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put someone in mind of (third-person singular simple present puts someone in mind of, present participle putting someone in mind of, simple past and past participle put someone in mind of)

  1. (idiomatic) To remind someone of; to inspire a mental image or awareness of; to cause thoughts concerning.
    • 1773, [Oliver] Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer: Or, The Mistakes of a Night. A Comedy. [], London: [] F[rancis] Newbery, [], →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      Your talking of a retreat, Mr. Marlow, puts me in mind of the Duke of Marlborough, when we went to besiege Denain.
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    • 1815 February 24, [Walter Scott], chapter 23, in Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: [] James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, []; and Archibald Constable and Co., [], →OCLC:
      "Ye hae a face and a tongue that puts me in mind of auld times."
    • 1843 April, Thomas Carlyle, “chapter XIII, Democracy”, in Past and Present, American edition, Boston, Mass.: Charles C[offin] Little and James Brown, published 1843, →OCLC, book III (The Modern Worker):
      Sisterhood, brotherhood was often forgotten; but not till the rise of these ultimate Mammon and Shotbelt Gospels, did I ever see it so expressly denied. If no pious Lord or Law-ward would remember it, always […] some pious thoughtful Elder, what we now call ‘Prester,’ Presbyter or ‘Priest,’ was there to put all men in mind of it, in the name of the God who had made all.
    • 1981 September 28, Peter Stoler, “The Once and Future Zoo”, in Time:
      Who will inherit the earth? . . . Most futurists and even some zoologists tend toward the whimsical: late-late-show killer ants, say, or playful monsters that put one in mind of Lewis Carroll's frumious Bandersnatch.
    • 2008 December 19, Dave McGinn, “Chilly scenes . . . of winter past”, in Globe and Mail, Toronto, retrieved 2 Jan. 2009:
      With this weekend's whack of snow, Torontonians will be put in mind of last year's chaos.
    • December 15 2022, Samanth Subramanian, “Dismantling Sellafield: the epic task of shutting down a nuclear site”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The silos are rudimentary concrete bins, built for waste to be tipped in, but for no other kind of access. Their further degradation is a sure thing. It all put me in mind of a man who’d made a house of ice in deepest winter but now senses spring around the corner, and must move his furniture out before it all melts and collapses around him.