If you also know the origin, please, share.

  • Gleaning could mean "extracting (information) from various sources," or "gradually collecting." When referred to a cube, I am not sure it's used with that meaning.
    – apaderno
    May 27, 2011 at 13:43
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    Could you give us some context? I'm not aware of this being a common phrase that doesn't literally mean what it says.
    – user1579
    May 27, 2011 at 13:45
  • I watched a movie with that title. I think I confused it with "gleaming the cube"
    – brilliant
    May 27, 2011 at 13:48
  • I reverted the title back to "gleaning" for the sake of future searching and that the top answer here corrects the saying. If this is out of line we can take it to chat or meta.
    – MrHen
    May 27, 2011 at 16:35

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It's actually gleaming the cube and as the Urban Dictionary says:

To fail so badly that there is brilliance in the failure; A phrase coined by Cinema Abattoir bloggers in reference to a 1989 movie starring Christian Slater.

The movie they're talking about is of the same name, Gleaming the Cube.

Beware the story of how the movie title came to be:

The title of the film reputedly refers to a gibberish statement skater Garry Davis made in a Thrasher magazine interview with Neil Blender. The phrase itself is meaningless.


to absorbe totally,to consume all,leaving nothing,to drink every drop of the experience! that's what i call gleaming the cube...I know of gleaming a wave first hand.

  • Hi, and welcome to EL&U. We appreciate your answer. You can make this a better answer by providing links, even in answers responding to seemingly opinion-based questions. Jan 3, 2014 at 21:45

Gleaming the cube is like beating iron hard until it gets shape or sharpening the sword, both of which has to undergo a rigorous process in order to be working. Its like you need to be living off the edge in order to get the broader aspect which others are missing and that is when you are gleaming after having full knowledge of cube.

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    This sounds very like you making up a story to explain a phrase, especially in the light of RiMMER's answer. Do you have a reference for this? (I've never heard the phrase before).
    – Colin Fine
    May 27, 2011 at 14:13
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    Are you sure you aren't confusing this with "gleaning knowledge"? Which is a phrase, based on gleaning = searching/gathering left-over crops after a harvest
    – mgb
    May 27, 2011 at 17:52

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