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    greenisgood is offline Junior Member
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    weak memory

    You almost recall the name of the person you met long time ago, but after repeated attempts fail to recollect it.


    What's the phrase to describe this situation?

    "I met Sam's brother who is a math professor. But his name flirts my memory..."
    Is this correct?

    Of course while guessing, one could use the phrase "If my memory serves me right, his name is John.", but that is not what I am looking for.

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    Re: weak memory

    Quote Originally Posted by greenisgood View Post
    You almost recall the name of the person you met long time ago, but after repeated attempts fail to recollect it.


    What's the phrase to describe this situation?

    "I met Sam's brother who is a math professor. But his name flirts my memory..."
    Is this correct?

    Of course while guessing, one could use the phrase "If my memory serves me right, his name is John.", but that is not what I am looking for.
    Could use "his name escapes me".

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    Re: weak memory

    Also you can use "I can't think of his name now"

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    Re: weak memory

    If my memory serves me- this would not be used when guessing; it's used when you have an idea but are not sure.

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    Re: weak memory

    Also 'I know him by sight, but I can't put a name to the face'.

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    Re: weak memory

    In AmE, instead of "his name flirts my memory" we'd say "his name slips my mind."

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    Re: weak memory

    I would use his name slips my mind too.

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