fleeting glance

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.
See also: fleeting, glance

fleeting glance

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.
See also: fleeting, glance
References in classic literature ?
There was something horrible and bestial in the fleeting glance they threw at the riders and in the malevolent expression with which, after a glance at Kutuzov, the soldier with the sores immediately turned away and went on with what he was doing.
From it issued as strange a sight as Carthoris ever had witnessed, though at the moment he had time to cast but a single fleeting glance at the tall bowmen emerging through the portal behind their long, oval shields; to note their flowing auburn hair; and to realize that the growling things at their side were fierce Barsoomian lions.
There were Dejah Thoris, Sola, and Sarkoja, and as my fleeting glance swept over them a little tableau was presented which will stand graven in my memory to the day of my death.
For an eternal second he stood in the midst of a portrait gallery, wherein she occupied the central place, while about her were limned many women, all to be weighed and measured by a fleeting glance, herself the unit of weight and measure.
Honestly, I really did my best, though sometimes I couldn't stop myself taking a fleeting glance at my phone or the TV, mainly out of a concern that I may not have a world to return to and be forced to spend the rest of my life on a freak-of-nature volcanic island.
As for electoral systems, a fleeting glance might suggest uniformity.
Pulis's flash of prematch training ground insight offered a fleeting glance at just how relentless the Championship can be.
Most visitors to the beachside city of Fort Lauderdale, on the southeast coast of Florida, barely give it more than a fleeting glance.
The majority of the protestors, who only had a fleeting glance of her, left the area moments later.
However, the intensity and aggressiveness coach Pat Aquino's squad showed deserve not just a fleeting glance on the women's basketball program but a consistent focus from the grassroots level to the elite.
Ruling on the case, Lord Justice Bean, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Judge Anthony Leonard QC, said the new witness had only had a "fleeting glance" of his passenger.
It was, however, only a fleeting glance with the Spaniard replacing Leo Bonatini 13 minutes from time.
He has a mountainous inbox and just a fleeting glance at his Twitter feed is enough to illustrate the huge number of varying demands he has on his time.
I REMEMBER but I don't remember when I have been here before Yes I remember that tree when blossom fell and is no more Why do I feel I've been here before Those children playing outside my front door Are they not grown Do they not now have children of their own Can we see again what we have seen before Is it one last time, do we see just once more Can it be but a memory, a fleeting glance That came into my mind just by chance It may seem real as though I'm there When in reality I'm sitting in my chair For memories keep on rushing back Like a speeding train on a railway track I remember but I don't know when Will I see those I remember ever again.