Idioms

    come rain or shine,
    1. regardless of the weather.
    2. no matter what the circumstances may be: Come rain or shine, he is always on the job.
    Also rain or shine.
    take a shine to, Informal. to take a liking or fancy to: That little girl has really taken a shine to you.

Origin of shine

1
before 900; Middle English s(c)hinen (v.), Old English scīnan; cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan
Related formsun·shined, adjective

Synonyms for shine

1. glimmer, shimmer. Shine, beam, glare refer to the emitting or reflecting of light. Shine refers to a steady glowing or reflecting of light: to shine in the sun. That which beams gives forth a radiant or bright light: to beam like a star. Glare refers to the shining of a light that is not only bright but so strong as to be unpleasant and dazzling: to glare like a headlight. 9. buff, burnish, brighten. 11. gloss, gleam, glow, sheen.
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British Dictionary definitions for shine up to

shine

verb shines, shining or shone

(intr) to emit light
(intr) to glow or be bright with reflected light
(tr) to direct the light of (a lamp, etc)he shone the torch in my eyes
(tr; past tense and past participle shined) to cause to gleam by polishingto shine shoes
(intr) to be conspicuously competent; excelshe shines at tennis
(intr) to appear clearly; be conspicuousthe truth shone out of his words

noun

the state or quality of shining; sheen; lustre
rain or shine or come rain or shine
  1. whatever the weather
  2. regardless of circumstances
informal short for moonshine (def. 2)
informal a liking or fancy (esp in the phrase take a shine to)

Word Origin for shine

Old English scīnan; related to Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan, Old High German scīnan to shine, Greek skia shadow
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Word Origin and History for shine up to

shine

v.

Old English scinan "shed light, be radiant, be resplendent, iluminate," of persons, "be conspicuous" (class I strong verb; past tense scan, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skinan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German skinan, Old Norse and Old Frisian skina, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Gothic skeinan "to shine, appear"), from PIE root *skai- (2) "to gleam, shine, flicker" (cf. Sanskrit chaya "brilliance, luster; shadow," Greek skia "shade," Old Church Slavonic sinati "to flash up, shine," Albanian he "shadow"). Transitive meaning "to black (boots)" is from 1610s. Related: Shined (in the shoe polish sense), otherwise shone; shining.

shine

n.

1520s, "brightness," from shine (v.). Meaning "polish given to a pair of boots" is from 1871. Derogatory meaning "black person" is from 1908. Phrase to take a shine to "fancy" is American English slang from 1839, perhaps from shine up to "attempt to please as a suitor." Shiner is from late 14c. as "something that shines;" sense of "black eye" first recorded 1904.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shine up to

shine up to

Try to impress or please, be attentive to, as in George was always shining up to the teacher, or Her father warned her about men shining up to her for her money. [Colloquial; late 1800s]

shine

In addition to the idiom beginning with shine

  • shine up to

also see:

  • make hay while the sun shines
  • rain or shine
  • rise and shine
  • take a fancy (shine) to
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