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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 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.
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.
Despite Williams's assertions of heterosexuality, queer listeners have been scouring his recordings and the gossip rags for glimmers of proof of the opposite.
Although there are glimmers of the relentless physicality of In the Upper Room here, it is the external logic of design rather than the internal cohesion of rhythms that finally orders Heroes.
Astronomers have proposed that a galactic merger or collision may explain why many stars in the bulge don't form until well after other parts of a galaxy have had their first glimmers of starbirth.
It's one of those episodes in which the auditioning never ends, here filled with somersaults and clumsy high-kicks, and that lacks both the abject awfulness and the glimmers of raw talent that made the early episodes of ``American Idol'' compulsive viewing for fans.
As superconductivity appears athigher and higher temperatures, the prospect of a resistanceless electrical technology glimmers more brightly.
Their top prospect, 23-year-old Juan Dominguez, made his major-league debut and showed glimmers of dominance.
World Diary: Colombia's Forgotten Children'' examines the innocent victims of the South American country's never-ending civil war, offering a few (perhaps too optimistic) glimmers of hope amid the unrelenting gloom.
This one glimmer of hope and comfort lessens the hurt of being away from friends and family at this most important time of the year.