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gleam in (one's) eye

1. A facial expression that denotes happiness, amusement, or knowledge of a secret. Just when Rita thought all hope was lost, Jared got a gleam in his eye that told her he had a plan to get them both out of that sticky situation.
2. A hope or plan that is not yet in existence. You were not even a gleam in your mother's eye when that photo was taken.
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gleam with something

to sparkle or shine with something. The crystal goblets gleamed with the sparkling candlelight. The glass gleamed with a bright reflection.
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a twinkle in someone's eye

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a gleam in someone's eye

If a plan or project is only a twinkle in or a gleam in someone's eye, it is only at the stage of being considered as a possibility. Projects that a few years back were just a twinkle in the planners' eyes are now bricks and cement. At this point, space-launched weapons were still only a gleam in his eye. Note: You can also talk about a glint in someone's eye. The European central bank was still no more than a glint in its creators' eyes. Note: Words such as gleam, glint and twinkle can be used to describe the way people's eyes shine or reflect the light. They often suggest hidden energy, emotion, or humour and refer to the excitement of having a particular idea before putting it into practice.
See also: eye, twinkle

a gleam (or twinkle) in someone's eye

1 a barely formed idea. 2 a child who has not yet been conceived. humorous
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a twinkle in someone's eye

something that is still in the pre-planning stage and on which no action has yet been taken, especially a child not as yet conceived. informal
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The GLEAMS project has attracted global interest from vessel operators, engine manufacturers, bunker providers and others keen to learn about this sulphur-free alternative fuel.
To understand why glycerine is an attractive proposition come to the GLEAMS Seawork workshop at 2.
GLEAMS (Groundwater Loading Effects of Agricultural Management Systems) is a tipping-bucket type model, which uses the relative difference between field capacity and wilting point to simulate water movement through the soil profile.
Important input parameters for GLEAMS, such as porosity, field capacity, and wilting point values for each depth in the soil profile at each site, were determined in the laboratory.
For example, on day 269, GLEAMS provided a perfect match between the measured and predicted values within the entire profile depth, while it slightly overestimated in the top layer of the profile (0.
Simulation by GLEAMS only predicted movement of bromide to a depth on 0.
The 4 models are: LEACHM (Hutson and Wagenet 1995), a deterministic, process-based model that simulates water transport using Richards' equation; GLEAMS (Leonard et al.
GLEAMS is a tipping-bucket type model, which uses the relative difference between field capacity and wilting point to simulate water movement through the soil profile.
Important input parameters for GLEAMS such as porosity, field capacity, and wilting point values for each depth in the soil profile at each site were determined in the laboratory.
50 m depth, while GLEAMS consistently over-predicted water contents beyond 0.
GLEAMS is a 'tipping bucket' model that uses the relative difference between field capacity and wilting point to simulate water movement through the soil profile.
GLEAMS had a consistently lower value for the first sampling prior to the application date, but thereafter produced a reasonable average agreement with the observed data.
LEACHM and GLEAMS simulated values are consistently lower than the HYDRUS-2D values and the observed soil moisture oscillates between the 2 levels of simulated data.
Boasting 25% greater fuel efficiency than other main deck Air Freighters in its 90 ton or greater cargo class, the MD 11F and the newest member of the Pathfinder Air Resources fleet gleams brighter than its older siblings loading at the terminal.
gleam is used when light shines through something else or is reflected or shines against a dark background.