Nearby words

  1. shin splints,
  2. shinar,
  3. shinbone,
  4. shindig,
  5. shindy,
  6. shine up to,
  7. shiner,
  8. shiner perch,
  9. shingle,
  10. shingle oak

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

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.

Related formsun·shined, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for shine up to

shine

/ (ʃaɪn) /

verb shines, shining or shone

noun

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
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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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