gleam in (one's) eye

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gleam in (one's) eye

1. A facial expression that denotes happiness, amusement, or knowledge of a secret. Just when Rita thought all hope was lost, Jared got a gleam in his eye that told her he had a plan to get them both out of that sticky situation.
2. A hope or plan that is not yet in existence. You were not even a gleam in your mother's eye when that photo was taken.
See also: eye, gleam

a gleam (or twinkle) in someone's eye

1 a barely formed idea. 2 a child who has not yet been conceived. humorous
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The Doctor, with a gleam in his eye, reframes the debate: "Now we're in trouble," he deadpans, surrounded by conflagration.
Use all the cliches possible, such as "He had a gleam in his eye," or "Her teeth were white as pearls.
Charles, settling himself on the, throne of his cable-access empire, sporting a, lemon-custard jacket, a paisley necktie for a belt, and a gleam in his eye born of more than one martini.
He always seems to have a gleam in his eye, like he knows something you don't.