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gleam 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 gleam 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 gleam in your mother's eye when that photo was taken.
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gleam with (something)

To shimmer or twinkle with something. Katie's engagement ring looked especially stunning as it gleamed with sunlight. Lydia's eyes gleamed with emotion as she listened to the toast in her honor.
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gleam with something

to sparkle or shine with something. The crystal goblets gleamed with the sparkling candlelight. The glass gleamed with a bright reflection.
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a twinkle in someone's eye


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 gleam (or twinkle) in someone's eye

1 a barely formed idea. 2 a child who has not yet been conceived. humorous
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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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LEACHM and GLEAMS simulated values are consistently lower than the HYDRUS-2D values and the observed soil moisture oscillates between the 2 levels of simulated data.
This should result in a decent pace which will help three-year-olds Royal Oath, who is dropping back from 1m, Arabian Gleam, who made eyecatching late headway over 7f in the Jersey Stakes last time and the winner of that race, Tariq.
com, a hotel- booking business, won the Internet Award in The Journal-backed North-East Business Awards 2004, is also a Gleam graduate and has signed up to the new mentoring programme.
Nick has since advised two artists based at The Mushroom Works to enrol on the GLEAM course: "I felt that the information the GLEAM course offered me would also benefit others.
I worked in investment banking previously, a very closeted industry," says Microsoft recruiter and GLEAM member Joseph Vansyckle, 25.
A spokesperson for Durham Business School said: "The programme includes financial support in the form of market research assistance, ICT training and development to help graduates manage their business effectively, online programme administration supported by a Gleam intranet, plus legal and accountancy advice from leading UK firms.
Extracted from his massive 22,000-square-foot installation "Perfect World," produced for the Hamburg Deichtorhallen in 1999, "Of Perfect World" featured sections of custom-made aluminum scaffolding polished to a high gleam, reconfigured to conform to the gallery's interiors and to represent a building identified as "Sutter's Mill.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will wisely consider in January whether to sandblast the structure until its gleam is toned down.
During cloudy periods here in the South Pacific, incandescent lights showcase the colors, but when the sun comes out, the electric lights dim automatically and get out of the way of the sunshine, which causes the glass to gleam like jewels.
Externally, the maritime metaphor is pursued by such devices as an undulating triangular roof of pre-patinated zinc supported by a row of masts to suggest a wavy-navy sail, round windows resembling portholes, and concrete walls polished to gleam like steel.
Two wall-bound boxes gleam with chrome-laminate skins, mirroring our moves as we open the drawers to reveal a few loose dimes in one, and a pair of scissors in the other.
Before "graffiti" was even a gleam in the eye of people who would later give themselves names like Daze and Crash, Christensen was known for his use of the spray gun as a primary tool for paint application.