Part of the problem is that its prevalence was equally as fleeting as a smile itself.
“There was a fleeting feeling that the regime was about to collapse,” Sannikov says.
Concert T-shirts always memorialize something that exists only briefly—a fleeting, live performance.
Do beware of overly expressing a desire for companionship, even if only seeking the fleeting variety.
Romney's campaign knows the power of a favorable news cycle, and the fleeting damage of an unpleasant one.
For with all its long hours of work Hartley had noticed that the tenement was not without its scenes of fleeting merriment.
Like a far dawn, thou smiledst in my mind, A dawn most sweet and shy and fleeting.
Billy had had just a fleeting idea of Warren Gregory before that, but this particular term confirmed the suspicion suddenly.
The fleeting smiles of the heavens are strongly impressed on their imagination.
The father allows his son to go where so many others go, where Cato himself went; he says that youth is but fleeting.
early 13c., "fickle, shifting, unstable," from Old English fleotende "floating, drifting," later "flying, moving swiftly," from present participle of fleotan (see fleet (v.)). Meaning "existing only briefly" is from 1560s.
Old English fleot "ship, raft, floating vessel," from fleotan "to float" (see fleet (v.)). Sense of "naval force" is pre-1200. The Old English word also meant "creek, inlet, flow of water," especially one into the Thames near Ludgate Hill, which lent its name to Fleet Street (home of newspaper and magazine houses, standing for "the English press" since 1882), Fleet prison, etc.
"swift," 1520s, but probably older than the record; apparently from or cognate with Old Norse fliotr "swift," and from the root of fleet (v.)). Related: Fleetness.
Old English fleotan "to float, drift, flow, swim, sail," later (c.1200) "to flow," from Proto-Germanic *fleut- (cf. Old Frisian fliata, Old Saxon fliotan "to flow," Old High German fliozzan "to float, flow," German flieszen "to flow," Old Norse fliota "to float, flow"), from PIE root *pleu- "to flow, run, swim" (see pluvial).
Meaning "to glide away like a stream, vanish imperceptibly" is from c.1200; hence "to fade, to vanish" (1570s). Related: Fleeted; fleeting.