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glimmer of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. Fans clung to a glimmer of hope that their team might score a last-minute touchdown to tie the game. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains a glimmer of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
See also: glimmer, hope, of

not a glimmer (of an idea)

 and not a clue
Fig. no idea. A: Where's the subway? B: Sorry. Not a glimmer of an idea. How long till we're there? Not a clue.
See also: glimmer, not
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Glimmering and learned that he was about to spend a few days in Havana mediating on the correct pronunciation of actor Cuba Gooding Jr.
Glimmering tossed off his drink in one swallow, and using (impressively) American Sign Language, handspelled to the waiter for another.
Glimmering waved a reproving finger at me, while with the other hand commandeering my drink.
Walls of corrugated steel, glimmering rims and stunning mechanics were just a few of the surprises to be found inside the specially-constructed pavilion at Sunset and Vine in Hollywood.
Here and there traces of negative scratching, water staining, and light glancing are registered on the shiny surfaces of the prints, often barely distinguishable from the scratching, staining, and glimmering of the surfaces they represent.
the Wildcats, aboard a glimmering bus, were led by flashing police escort through a tunnel at the north end of the arena.
Housed in the glimmering Park Tower, which rises 67 stories into the city's skyline and boasts breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile, the 203-room Park Hyatt Chicago features tranquil and inviting public areas designed in classic-contemporary decor, artwork from renowned local and international artists, a world-class restaurant, health club, spa and state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities.
He said: "I have seen the first glimmerings of the possibility for a ceasefire.
Peeking into the dusty core of a dark cloud seemingly devoid of stars, astronomers have found a faintly glowing body that could be the earliest glimmerings ever recorded from a newborn star.
In May 2002, there were glimmerings of light in the minds of the municipal voters of the London borough of Newham who elected Alan Craig of the Christian Peoples' Alliance (equivalent to Canada's Christian Heritage Party) as their local representative to the municipal council.
Despite these glimmerings, ``I Stand Alone'' is unrelievingly grim.
Vita says the abnormal test response may represent the glimmerings of atherosclerosis that go undetected in routine tests such as angiography.