twinkle in (one's) eye

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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.
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a twinkle in someone's eye

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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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Bert has always been the same, welcoming new members, encouraging youngsters, always a smile on his face and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. It's not the same without you Bert."
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"Now go change," Gavin instructs me with a twinkle in his eye. "We're going out.
With a twinkle in his eye, he looks down from the sky, watching over his family, day and night.
'Now,' he tells me with a twinkle in his eye, 'I use the same trick with my novices.'
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