a-glim·​mer·​ing ə-ˈgli-mər-iŋ How to pronounce a-glimmering (audio)
go a-glimmering US
: to fade away to nothingness : to go away or disappear entirely
Whatever chances Hutchins had for a subsequent opening went a-glimmering when he opposed President Franklin D. Roosevelt's rearmament policies in 1940.Robert A. McCaughey, New York Times Book Review, 3 Sept. 1989
"But nothing will happen," says Henry Aaron, an economist at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. "Doing anything costs money, and there isn't any. The budget surplus has gone a-glimmering."David R. Francis, Christian Science Monitor, 5 Feb. 2002

Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of a-glimmering was in 1887

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“A-glimmering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a-glimmering. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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