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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He had a handshake to greet you and a twinkle in his eye,'' Josephine said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he told me the story of my own father as a teenager, crashing receptions in the smelly gym of St.
Shaw will be remembered as having a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
Now go change," Gavin instructs me with a twinkle in his eye.
Now,' he tells me with a twinkle in his eye, 'I use the same trick with my novices.
Having been president of the Italian association of co-generation technology I know quite a lot of people,' he tells me with a twinkle in his eye.
With a twinkle in his eye, Ian added: "We hope that Pedigree will continue to benefit from Santa's new demand for ale - personally I can't imagine anything better than waking up on Christmas Day to find a bottle of Pedigree in my stocking