bright idea

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bright idea

A clever thought or plan. For example, John had a bright idea for saving spacewe 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 onthat was some bright idea. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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