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just a thought

This page is about the conversational phrase just a thought

Meaning

You can say this to let someone know that you don't mind if your idea or suggestion is rejected.

For example

  • "Do we have to go the zoo again, Daddy?"
    "Not if you don't want to, sweetie. It was just a thought."

  • "We could move house if you like, but we don't have to. It's just a thought."

Quick Quiz

If someone says "It's just a thought", they

a. don't mind if you disagree

b. don't know what to think

c. really hope you'll agree

Contributor: Matt Errey