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a fleeting glance
A quick or hasty look. Come on, you only gave this dress a fleeting glance—you might like it if you tried it on. Your father didn't stay at the dance long, but even with just a fleeting glance, I knew he was the one. The editor must have only given this article a fleeting glance because it's full of typos.
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Fig. a quick glance; a very brief look. I had a fleeting glance at the car as it sped by, but I couldn't read the license place number.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.