in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye

Definition of in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye

:very quickly
  • He was back in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye.

Word by Word Definitions

twinkle play
  1. : to shine with a flickering or sparkling light : scintillate

  2. : to appear bright especially with merriment

  3. : to flutter the eyelids

  1. : an intermittent radiance : flicker, sparkle

  2. : a rapid flashing motion : flit

  3. : a wink of the eyelids

twinkling
  1. : the time required for a wink : instant

eye play
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely


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