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in the twinkle of an eye

Immediately; very quickly; at once. (A variant of the more common "in the twinkling of an eye.") Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in the twinkle of an eye. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in the twinkle of an eye!
See also: eye, of, twinkle

twinkle with something

[for someone's eyes] to sparkle because of something. Her eyes twinkled with laughter. Tom's eyes twinkled with recognition when he saw Gwen again.
See also: twinkle

when somebody was a (mere) twinkle in their father's eye

at a time before someone was born All this happened a very long time ago, when you were a mere twinkle in your father's eye.
See also: eye, twinkle
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When I ask what kind of man she finds stylish, those teasing twinklers flash again.
TV presenter Fearne Cotton and heiress Paris Hilton are also on-trend with their titanic twinklers.
One of the highlights was the singing of Evening Pastorale, during which the hall lights were dimmed and the only glow came from twinklers worn by choir and audience, who were all invited to think of the sick children in the area for whom a hospice would provide vital care.
Tesco town, tunnels and Twinklers flashing toothbrushes just some of the issues addressed by Tesco in its latest submissions to the Competition Commission groceries market inquiry.
Available from Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's, the Twinklers Flashing toothbrush is pounds 1.
Even those favoring diamonds opt for cognac-hued, black or yellow stones rather than the traditional white twinklers.
Sunbeam expanded its one-year-old Twilight Twinklers line of battery-operated glowing accessories with four new designs in war hangings, valances and decorative pillows.
The hall lights will be dimmed and as the choirs sing Evening's Pastorale, the only light will be from twinklers worn by choir and audience.