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
His bright idea turned out to be the incandescent light bulb, which he invented in 1880.
My bright idea for a high-tech gift for this holiday season is actually a 19th century invention: a light bulb.Why You Should Give LED Light Bulbs for Christmas. Seriously. | Daniel Gross | December 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another key factor against James is that it was his bright idea to buy the half of Sky that News Corp did not already own.Why James Murdoch Might Never Take Over Rupert’s Media Empire | Nicholas Wapshott | November 22, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Seeing the discarded circles in the trash, Sidney had a bright idea.
Where did Val Kilmer get the bright idea that he could ever be elected the governor of New Mexico?
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?Lands of the Slave and the Free | Henry A. Murray