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Difference between Bring one’s mind to something and Bring something to mind

bring one’s mind to something—direct one’s attention to smth.:

  • Again, Phillips cannot bring his mind to touch the issue squarely; it keeps shying into side issues.

bring something to mind—make a person recall smth.:

  • It brought to mind an experience I had in Labrador this past summer when I was up there fishing.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase bring something to a head

1. bring smth. to an end; complete smth.:

  • This brings to a head and culminates all the nameless massacres in Asia Minor.

2. cause smth. to reach a critical stage:

  • Matters have been brought to a head in the peace talks; tomorrow they will either succeed or fail.