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glimpse

verb [T] uk   us   /ɡlɪmps/
to see something or someone for a very short time or only partly: We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train.

glimpse

noun [C] uk   us   /ɡlɪmps/
C1 an occasion when you see something or someone for a very short time: I only caught (= had) a fleeting glimpse of the driver of the getaway car, but I know I would recognize her if I saw her again. a quick idea or understanding of what something is like: This biography offers a few glimpses of his life before he became famous.
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