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glimpse

1 noun
     
glimpse1 [countable]
1 a quick look at someone or something that does not allow you to see them clearly
glimpse of
They caught a glimpse of a dark green car.
brief/fleeting/quick glimpse (=a very short look)
We only had a fleeting glimpse of the river.
2 a short experience of something that helps you begin to understand it
glimpse of/into/at
a glimpse of what life might be like in the future

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