twinkle in (one's) eye

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twinkle 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 twinkle 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 twinkle in your mother's eye when that photo was taken.
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a twinkle in someone's eye

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a gleam in someone's eye

If a plan or project is only a twinkle in or a gleam in someone's eye, it is only at the stage of being considered as a possibility. Projects that a few years back were just a twinkle in the planners' eyes are now bricks and cement. At this point, space-launched weapons were still only a gleam in his eye. Note: You can also talk about a glint in someone's eye. The European central bank was still no more than a glint in its creators' eyes. Note: Words such as gleam, glint and twinkle can be used to describe the way people's eyes shine or reflect the light. They often suggest hidden energy, emotion, or humour and refer to the excitement of having a particular idea before putting it into practice.
See also: eye, twinkle

a twinkle in someone's eye

something that is still in the pre-planning stage and on which no action has yet been taken, especially a child not as yet conceived. informal
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The name was chosen by 10-year-old Rebecca Davies, from Llanrumney, Cardiff, who said she chose it because: 'Her mum looks like she has a twinkle in her eye.
With a twinkle in her eye, she maneuvers around her studio in an office chair, elegantly extending her spider-like limbs.
With a twinkle in her eye, Lechuga looks him over and laughingly says, ``He has some custom-made chaps, too, but he doesn't even have a horse.
And," Somes adds with a twinkle in her eye, "the stepsisters will be Anthony Dowell and Wayne Sleep.
She assured me with a twinkle in her eye that she never fell for the same trick twice.
She has strength of character, dignity, charisma, humor, and a bit of a twinkle in her eye,'' he said.