glint in (one's) eye(s)

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glint in (one's) eye(s)

1. A brief and subtle expression in one's eye(s) indicating a hidden or secret emotion, agenda, idea, plan, etc. She said that she was happy for both of them, but I knew by the glint in her eye that she despised Mark's new girlfriend. My father, with a glint in his eyes, told me that I would get the best present after the party was over.
2. A person or thing that has been planned or discussed but has not yet come into being. Jonathan says he's going to write the great American novel, but it's just a glint in his eye at this point. I knew your parents back when you were just a glint in their eyes.
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Our parents and grandparents went through world wars, global economic collapse and atomic bombs being dropped, all with a steely glint in their eyes and a Vera Lynn song on their lips.
With a glint in their eyes and a deranged sense of the possible, four greenies set off on April Fool's Day morning to enter the history books as the Sabre-Toothed Possums--ACF's official team for Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne 2005.
It's the glint in their eyes and the toothy grins of excitement that make it all worth while for Equity Office as we continue in helping provide such a wonderful life experience for children," commented Buonantony.