fleeting glance

fleeting glance

Fig. a quick glance; a very brief look. I had a fleeting glance at the car as it sped by, but I couldn't read the license place number.
See also: glance
References in classic literature ?
There was something horrible and bestial in the fleeting glance they threw at the riders and in the malevolent expression with which, after a glance at Kutuzov, the soldier with the sores immediately turned away and went on with what he was doing.
From it issued as strange a sight as Carthoris ever had witnessed, though at the moment he had time to cast but a single fleeting glance at the tall bowmen emerging through the portal behind their long, oval shields; to note their flowing auburn hair; and to realize that the growling things at their side were fierce Barsoomian lions.
For an eternal second he stood in the midst of a portrait gallery, wherein she occupied the central place, while about her were limned many women, all to be weighed and measured by a fleeting glance, herself the unit of weight and measure.
We stepped, as it were, right out of the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the most fleeting glance of the front of the house.
Judge, of Waterloo, admitted catching a fleeting glance of the naked woman while Summerton was controlling the camera
Another improving horse who is worth more than a fleeting glance at Newbury is Dunston Bill who is set to contest the two-and-a-half-mile Tote Exacta Handicap Chase.
Moreover, because many of these essays cover large geographical areas, as well as long time periods, it is impossible to get more than a fleeting glance at these 'uncommon people'.
So we may have had a fleeting glance at a comparison site, or briefly shopped around, but the impetus was elsewhere so we got on with doing the quite frankly more interesting things in life.
The fleeting glance was the feline equivalent of, 'bothered?
After a fleeting glance across a crowded dance floor, it was love at first sight.
I passed him on my way out, it was just a fleeting glance.
It is the continuity of a police officer and his or her involvement in our daily lives which we crave when we express our desire for more bobbies on the beat, not an occasional fleeting glance of them.
A rare occurrence with this All Blacks team, but a fleeting glance of what might have been.