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in the twinkle of an eye

Immediately; very quickly; at once. (A variant of the more common "in the twinkling of an eye.") Just call us on this number if you have any problems, and we'll be back in the twinkle of an eye. Don't worry, boss, I'll have this report typed up in the twinkle of an eye!
See also: eye, of, twinkle

twinkle 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 twinkle 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 twinkle in your mother's eye when that photo was taken.
See also: eye, twinkle

twinkle in (one's) father's eye

A phrase used to describe the time before one's birth. I never knew my grandparents; they died when I was just a twinkle in my father's eye.
See also: eye, twinkle

when (one) was a twinkle in (one's) father's eye

Before one was born. I never knew my grandparents—they died when I was a twinkle in my father's eye.
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twinkle with something

[for someone's eyes] to sparkle because of something. Her eyes twinkled with laughter. Tom's eyes twinkled with recognition when he saw Gwen again.
See also: twinkle

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 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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After a dizzying day of being introduced to new family members, he met Twinkle.
As per Anita's complaint, Khanna was critically ill in the hospital, when Dimple and Twinkle arrived with an advocate, along with two doctors and officials from the registrar's office, Mid-Day reported.
In 1993 Twinkle Park was overrun with shoulder high weeds, full of broken tarmac and rusting play equipment.
Taboo's owners, Christine Hill, and son Rhys, 26, had thought she was just 'getting fat' and were gobsmacked when she gave birth to little Twinkle.
Over the highest twinkle light at the top of the tree, the spider had spun a web so delicate it was barely more than a filament.
While the twinkle is a small thing, it will lift you and your outlook.
The condition is a genetic trait, or inherited characteristic passed down from Twinkle Toes' mother, who has 21 toes
in Chicago, created the world's first Twinkle, with a banana-cream filling, in 1930.
my eye, and I thought they were really interesting, somebody brilliant, somebody I could see that little twinkle in the eye, and they could come up with something fresh and original, I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
Barefoot Productions has released a new Windows 95/98/NT utility called Twinkle Bulbs v3.
There is an Old World manner about him that charms the ladies, and the avuncular twinkle in his eyes captivates kids.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Dec 30 (ANI): 'Mrs Funnybones' Twinkle Khanna, who shares her birthday with her father and late legendary actor Rajesh Khanna, celebrated her 43rd birthday with people, she loves 'the most' in South Africa's Cape Town.
The beautiful, festive collection features Santa's little helper Glisten and, new to the collection this year, Glisten's younger siblings, Twinkle and Tinsel.
ISLAMABAD -- Twinkle Sohail who clinched a gold medal in Asian Power-lifting Championship believe there is immense talent in the country but the game needs to be given attention.