bright idea


A clever thought or plan. For example, John had a bright idea for saving space—we would each have a terminal but share the printer. This term uses bright in the sense of “intelligent” or “quick-witted” and may be employed either straightforwardly, as in the example above, or ironically, as in Jumping in the pool with your clothes on—that was some bright idea. [Late 1800s]

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How to use bright idea in a sentence

  • While Benjy sat contemplating this creature, and wondering what was to be the end of it all, a bright idea occurred to him.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then a bright idea came to her and getting the roll of wire she asked La Touche to shew her how to make rabbit snares.

    The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • All of a sudden a bright idea crossed his mind; there was evidently treason, the man whom he had met wore a disguise!

    The Guide of the Desert | Gustave Aimard
  • I think it was grandmother's bright idea at last to make their way to the entrance and wait there.

    Grandmother Dear | Mrs. Molesworth
  • At last, the bright idea struck me—I will get in next time with my cigar; what if we are nine herrings in the barrel?