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

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

Long before one was born. I never knew my grandparents—they died when I was a twinkle in my daddy's eye. I was editing this newspaper when he was just a twinkle in his daddy's eye! How dare he presume to lecture me on proper grammar?
See also: eye, twinkle
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