How could anyone do all this without leaving behind a scintilla of microscopic evidence?
It does take a certain talent to take Paul Newman and present the actor without a scintilla of excitement.
That had more than a scintilla of substance—is Mitt actually a political shape-shifter?
Forde is among those who note that every scintilla of blame cannot be put on FitzPatrick and Drumm.
I have not a scintilla of interest in being at court when the judge sentences him.
Don't be jealous, scintilla; we're next to you women, too, believe me.
Any scintilla or fleck of truth I can pick off from a revolutionary, I take but I will not take him.
I would not, Mr. President, give up a scintilla of that portion of the responsibility which the crisis imposes on me.
Not a scintilla of proof appeared that these men were spies.
In addition to this, there was against Tristrem—aside, of course, from the confession—barely a scintilla of evidence.
1690s, "spark, glimmer," hence "least particle, trace," from figurative use of Latin scintilla "particle of fire, spark, glittering speck, atom," probably from PIE *ski-nto-, from root *skai- "to shine, to gleam" (cf. Gothic skeinan, Old English scinan "to shine;" see shine (v.)).