a fleeting glance

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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.
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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.
Land Rover cleverly teased the public with fleeting glances of the concept LRX before it became the baby Range Rover in 2011 and went on to sell like hot cakes.
Fleeting glances of him on social media, or in the street, don't fill her with that awful sick feeling any more.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (12A) BASED on the memoir Travelling To Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking, James Marsh's deeply moving drama charts the romance of Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and first wife Jane (Felicity Jones) from fleeting glances at a party at mid-1960s Cambridge University through their subsequent battle against MND.
Rating THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (12A) BASED on the memoir Travelling To Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking, James Marsh's deeply moving drama charts the romance of Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and first wife Jane (Felicity Jones) from fleeting glances at a party at mid-1960s Cambridge University through their subsequent battle against motor neurone disease.
One by one, the visiting team glanced nervously to their right, snatching fleeting glances at the supreme football beings in white alongside, their expressions a picture of trepidation.
Over the next minute or so we were thrown around the hotel, catching fleeting glances of ghostly figures.
There are fleeting glances in the direction of the Chilcot inquiry and Sir Peter Gibson's detainee rendition inquiry which is due to start at the end of an ongoing police investigation.
"There were lots of fleeting glances and we even remember seeing each other for the first time at the same time but that's all."
Particularly vivid is the adulterous erotic charge between the leads, though it's seldom more than a matter of fleeting glances.