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glimpse
used in Oliver Twist

7 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
  • 'And the boy, too,' said the Jew, straining his eyes to catch a glimpse of her face.
    Chapter 26 — In Which a Mysterious Character Appears Upon the Scene.... (46% in)
  • He is down upon the pavement; and the crowd eagerly gather round him: each new comer, jostling and struggling with the others to catch a glimpse.
    Chapter 10 — Oliver Becomes Better Acquainted with the Characters of His.... (78% in)
  • 'Here's the house broken into,' said the doctor, 'and a couple of men catch one moment's glimpse of a boy, in the midst of gunpowder smoke, and in all the distraction of alarm and darkness.
    Chapter 30 — Relates What oliver's New Visitors Thought of Him (89% in)
  • ...in crowded, pent-up streets, through lives of toil, and who have never wished for change; men, to whom custom has indeed been second nature, and who have come almost to love each brick and stone that formed the narrow boundaries of their daily walks; even they, with the hand of death upon them, have been known to yearn at last for one short glimpse of Nature's face; and, carried far from the scenes of their old pains and pleasures, have seemed to pass at once into a new state of being.
    Chapter 32 — Of the Happy Life Oliver Began to Lead with His Kind Friends (68% in)
  • As it dashed on, Oliver caught a glimpse of a man in a white nightcap, whose face seemed familiar to him, although his view was so brief that he could not identify the person.
    Chapter 34 — Contains Some Introductory Particulars Relative to a Young.... (5% in)
  • Before the dawn of morning, before this river wakes to the first glimpse of day-light, you shall be placed as entirely beyond the reach of your former associates, and leave as utter an absence of all trace behind you, as if you were to disappear from the earth this moment.
    Chapter 46 — The Appointment Kept (80% in)
  • Even when I first saw him in all his dirt and misery, there was a lingering expression in his face that came upon me like a glimpse of some old friend flashing on one in a vivid dream.
    Chapter 49 — Monks and Mr. Brownlow at Length Meet. Their Conversation.... (65% in)

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