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a twinkle (or gleam) in someone's eye

Definition of a twinkle or gleam in someone's eye in English:

Something that is as yet no more than an idea or dream: not every gleam in a grocer’s eye becomes a store
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  • Her smile was so fake and there was a gleam in her eye, a gleam of hatred as she dragged out every word painfully.
  • ‘Good idea,’ said the Colonel with a twinkle in his eye.
  • I just had an idea! ‘he said, with a gleam in his eye that made me nervous.’
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