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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.
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not a glimmer (of something)

Not even the smallest amount (of something). The group of financial analysts said there is not a glimmer of hope that the economy will improve at any point this year. The team needed to come out with intensity if they wanted to stand a chance, but unfortunately they showed not a glimmer during that dreadful display. There wasn't a glimmer of remorse in his voice as he pleaded guilty to the horrible crimes.
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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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The news that retail sales for March had dropped 1.1 per cent came just before Barack Obama, the US president, said on Tuesday that he saw a glimmer of hope for the economy but warned that the recession was not yet over.
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With this in mind, DeForest says that rather than provide a window into the sun's present or future, the new study can help illuminate the sun's past, perhaps even at a time when the first molecular glimmers of life on Earth were emerging.
And while listeners have been given glimmers of Ndegeocello's psyche, both musical and personal, she gathers everything into one cohesive piece on Cookie, which she produced with her longtime guitarist Allen Cato.
Wols made many kinds of photographs, commencing his brief photographic career in Paris as a portraitist, receiving an assignment in 1937 to photograph the Pavilion of Elegance at the World's Fair, all the while exploring the streets and quays of his new urban home, photographing clochards, gutters, glimmers, shadows, and torn posters, often at night like Brassai, whom he knew.
Glimmers of this neural division of labor have come from several prior studies of people with intact brains.
Despite Williams's assertions of heterosexuality, queer listeners have been scouring his recordings and the gossip rags for glimmers of proof of the opposite.
Although there are glimmers of the relentless physicality of In the Upper Room here, it is the external logic of design rather than the internal cohesion of rhythms that finally orders Heroes.
Bell, who has glimmers of Kevin Bacon in his face and plenty of flashdance in his bones, conveys the irresistible charisma of a prepubescent boy learning to be at home with himself.
Ware, a large man, has a big, charging style tempered by glimmers of irony, and also projects an appealing sense of authority and of pleasure in the act of movement.
Astronomers have proposed that a galactic merger or collision may explain why many stars in the bulge don't form until well after other parts of a galaxy have had their first glimmers of starbirth.
Their discovery, reported in the December ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL, confirms a theory that the earliest glimmers of starbirth occurred just a few billion years after the Big Bang.
Summary: President Barack Obama has said there "glimmers of hope" across the US economy.
As superconductivity appears athigher and higher temperatures, the prospect of a resistanceless electrical technology glimmers more brightly.