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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But he recalls them all with a glint in his eye and the rueful relish of a pantomime villain that makes it difficult not to imagine it's a role he is secretly happy to play - even in the Premier League.
TINY West Highland Terrier Joey looks up with a glint in his eye at Rottweiler Zara after they somehow got it together to create a family of "Wotties".
Hooligan-fast yet sober-suited, it's the perfect ride for the practical bloke with a glint in his eye. Mind you, at pounds 72,000, it's also the world's most expensive wagon.
He had a glint in his eye and a smile on his face, and he listened well."
It's a car culture, we are car guys and we like driving vehicles," he says with a glint in his eye.
With a glint in his eye, he said, 'This is going to be fun,' before telling us his mum was in the audience.
"I devilishly enjoy playing this character," says De Shields with a glint in his eye, "because in the history of the black man in America, we've either been superhuman or subhuman, and all through this spectrum we've always had this incredible sexual prowess.
"We are so proud of Jack and the way he dealt with his disease, with a smile and a glint in his eye."
That's on top of looking after me," he says with a glint in his eye. "That\'s three jobs really."