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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
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Glimmers are born every time a good deed is done and truth told.
The interview seemed to go well and we all had a glimmer of hope for the future.
1 per cent came just before Barack Obama, the US president, said on Tuesday that he saw a glimmer of hope for the economy but warned that the recession was not yet over.
With this in mind, DeForest says that rather than provide a window into the sun's present or future, the new study can help illuminate the sun's past, perhaps even at a time when the first molecular glimmers of life on Earth were emerging.
Little glimmers of hope are discerned in Ontario but they are so faint as to be more in the mind's eye than in reality.
com), there may be some glimmers on the horizon for a return to a more balanced loan/ grant picture.
It shimmers on the woman's white headdress, glimmers on the copper of the jug and ewer, gleams with ineffable softness on the walls.
NCLF recognizes that as important as treatment is in the management of the disease of leukemia, it's also equally important to make families and patients alike as comfortable as possible, and to provide glimmers of sunshine and a break from the rigors of the hospital routine.
But there were glimmers of her being a normal, well-balanced person before, which goes to show glimmers don't mean a s**t.
Here, compact Hilary Stainsby shows glimmers of genuine star power in a solo that suggests The Cage--Generation 2.
Glimmers of this neural division of labor have come from several prior studies of people with intact brains.
And while listeners have been given glimmers of Ndegeocello's psyche, both musical and personal, she gathers everything into one cohesive piece on Cookie, which she produced with her longtime guitarist Allen Cato.
to announce the news about GLIMMERS to their communities before it was
Wols made many kinds of photographs, commencing his brief photographic career in Paris as a portraitist, receiving an assignment in 1937 to photograph the Pavilion of Elegance at the World's Fair, all the while exploring the streets and quays of his new urban home, photographing clochards, gutters, glimmers, shadows, and torn posters, often at night like Brassai, whom he knew.
We see Hal at two points in his life - as an eager doctoral student and as a young professor enduring the first glimmers of disillusion - and the nuances in his performance are minute and organic, but they're there.