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Twinkle in my eye

Posted by R. Berg on August 12, 2004

In Reply to: Twinkle in my eye posted by lantis 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

Jenny, if you're 18 or over, we can explain to you why a birth might be associated with a previous twinkle in a man's eye. If you're 10 or over, we shouldn't have to.