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glimpse
used in 1984 by Orwell

6 uses
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Definition
a quick look or partial understanding
The exact meaning of glimpse can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I caught a glimpse of her when I was walking to class." — a very quick look
  • "I glimpsed at the headlines." — looked quickly
  • "Reading the book gave me a glimpse of the life of a devout Muslim immigrant in America." — a quick, incomplete view
  • A sort of premonitory tremor, a fear of he was not certain what, had passed through Winston as soon as he caught his first glimpse of the cage.
    p. 283.9
  • There was no evidence, only fleeting glimpses that might mean anything or nothing: snatches of overheard conversation, faint scribbles on lavatory walls — once, even, when two strangers met, a small movement of the hand which had looked as though it might be a signal of recognition.
    p. 17.9
  • Just once he caught a glimpse of the girl, at a table with two other girls at the far end of the room.
    p. 108.8
  • One literally never saw them except in the guise of prisoners, and even as prisoners one never got more than a momentary glimpse of them.
    p. 116.4
  • In the dream he had remembered his last glimpse of his mother, and within a few moments of waking the cluster of small events surrounding it had all come back.
    p. 160.6
  • Winston had a glimpse of her face, upside down, yellow and contorted, with the eyes shut, and still with a smear of rouge on either cheek; and that was the last he saw of her.
    p. 223.8

There are no more uses of "glimpse" in 1984 by Orwell.

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