take a shine to – EXPLAINED
What does “take a shine to” mean?
This is an idiom that means to develop a liking for someone or something. Can be used in a romantic way but can also be to talk about liking people in general.
How is “take a shine to” used?
Here are some examples:
It seems the boss has taken a shine to you kid. You should start seeing some more work headed your way.
I think Jennifer has taken a shine to my mate Tommy. I think I am going to try and set them up on a date.
I’ve used PCs all my life but I’ve really taken a shine to Macs after using one at work
Where does “take a shine to” come from?
The idiom is thought to have been first used in the late 18th century.
It comes from another expression at the time “shine up to someone” which means to try and attract a mate with good and kind behaviour.
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