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glimmer of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. Fans clung to a glimmer of hope that their team might score a last-minute touchdown to tie the game. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains a glimmer of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
See also: glimmer, hope, of

not a glimmer (of an idea)

 and not a clue
Fig. no idea. A: Where's the subway? B: Sorry. Not a glimmer of an idea. How long till we're there? Not a clue.
See also: glimmer, not
References in classic literature ?
He even smiled again--that same sad smile, which always appeared like a faint glimmering of light, proceeding from the obscurity beneath the veil.
He saw, in its great grey glimmering margin, the central vagueness diminish, and he felt it to be taking the very form toward which, for so many days, the passion of his curiosity had yearned.
And here my one glimmering streak of true consciousness came.
He saw the glimmering of a fire upon the old walls, and entered.
They were kind when it occurred to them, simple even beyond the simplicity of a country lad like me, and had some glimmerings of honesty.
Wilford Glimmering, the eminent British pronunciologist as well as the only faculty member of Oxford University encouraged by the school's regents to run with (and even against) the bulls at Pamplona, has written a paper in which he claims that the characters of these types of people can be deduced from their pronunciation of the word.
Each of these was subtly altered by its proximity to the glimmering screens, the ordinary function of which is to absorb or deflect heat but here served to absorb or deflect the viewer's gaze.
A glimmering new cathedral opened, schools showed solid progress on standardized tests, housing prices soared to record levels and the driest year on record provided Southern California with an unbroken run of sunny days.
That night as I lay in bed in the little town of Gabriel, a thousand miles from all that had meant refuge, I felt at home and at peace, even with all that lay ahead of unending struggle (for I was not blind to this) and remaking in the faintly glimmering future.
There aren't full characters, only traces glimmering in a temporal flux.
Karen Hess, a graphic designer and journalist in Petaluma, is silhouetted before a glimmering Tomales Bay at dusk, showing the possibility and pleasure of vacationing in one's own bioregion.
Already glimmering with his oeuvre's core values are untitled works made between 1991 and 1994 in which rings and other shapes bent out of corrugated cardboard are wrapped in clear plastic, creating units of homemade dazzle.
Walls of corrugated steel, glimmering rims and stunning mechanics were just a few of the surprises to be found inside the specially-constructed pavilion at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood.
Here and there traces of negative scratching, water staining, and light glancing are registered on the shiny surfaces of the prints, often barely distinguishable from the scratching, staining, and glimmering of the surfaces they represent.
the Wildcats, aboard a glimmering bus, were led by flashing police escort through a tunnel at the north end of the arena.