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Re: Twinkle in my eye

Posted by Lantis on August 12, 2004

In Reply to: Twinkle in my eye posted by Jenny on August 12, 2004

: Anyone know the origin of "before you were a twinkle in my eye?" And the actual definition of what a twinkle in the eye means, to clear up a little dispute. I can't find anything anywhere.

According to Cambridge:
when sb was a (mere) twinkle in their father's eye (HUMOROUS)- at a time before someone was born

According to askoxford:
a twinkle (or gleam) in someone's eye - something that is as yet no more than an idea or dream