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glint in (one's) eye(s)

1. A brief and subtle expression in one's eye(s) indicating a hidden or secret emotion, agenda, idea, plan, etc. She said that she was happy for both of them, but I knew by the glint in her eye that she despised Mark's new girlfriend. My father, with a glint in his eyes, told me that I would get the best present after the party was over.
2. A person or thing that has been planned or discussed but has not yet come into being. Jonathan says he's going to write the great American novel, but it's just a glint in his eye at this point. I knew your parents back when you were just a glint in their eyes.
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glint with (something)

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

to sparkle or shine with something. Her bright eyes glinted with the sunlight. The crystal goblet glinted with the orange firelight.
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Based on the basic principle of the phase gradient method [1], we can obtain the target line glint error as:
GLINT Gamma G2 is 3Dlabs' second generation geometry and lighting processor that implements the complete OpenGL transform and lighting processor in silicon, including full acceleration for up to 16 lights with full support for directional, positional and spot lights with quadratic attenuation and local viewing.
Along with the new office space, Glint Advertising has incorporated the "blue vase" culture of persistence for its clients.
Just in case you haven''t heard, Glint are chief songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jase Blankfort , Mateus Tebaldi, Alon Leventon and Dave Johnsen.
Jordan Jones comes to Glint from Williams-Sonoma in Oklahoma where she was a Designer.
At Glint, the Brothers will also be taking donations for the new Barts Cancer Centre Of Excellence, based in Farringdon.
Barry, who is leading the Earth-glint research effort, is putting together a catalog that will relate each glint to an exact location on Earth.
Chris Wilder's lovely shimmering small snakeskin, picked up the glint of the skin of Robert Mapplethorpe's two men dancing, 1984, next to it, but also shone throughout the show: in the enjoy-coke joke of John Boskovich's untitled (etched mirror), 1993; in the fading silver, forlorn sign-lettering of Jack Pierson's why, 1995; and in the long dangerous connotative elegance of the spinal-tap needle supporting Payne's own haunting and kooky (crisco) kisses, 1995, a work in the process of becoming present by embracing the body's silent void.
Cassini scientists had been looking for the glint, also known as a specular reflection, since the spacecraft began orbiting Saturn in 2004.
Light soaks back through translucent veils of ink, creating an effect similar to the glint of pale stones from the bottom of a pool at night.
Jupiter's gravitational tug might have caused the parent to shatter, and the freshly exposed ice layers of each fragment would glint brightly in sunlight, he says.