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twinkle

verb [I] uk   us   /ˈtwɪŋ.kl̩/
(of light or a shiny surface) to shine repeatedly strongly then weakly, as if flashing on and off very quickly: The lights of the town twinkled in the distance. The stars twinkled in the clear sky. His brown eyes twinkled behind the gold-rimmed glasses.

twinkle

noun [S] uk   us   /ˈtwɪŋ.kl̩/
an act of twinkling: the twinkle of the stars/lights/diamonds He was holding the phone with a mischievous twinkle in his eye (= expression of amusement).
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