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think the sun shines out (someone's) backside

To believe a person is better or more important than others or above reproach. (Note: If thought about oneself, it means that he or she is arrogant, conceited, or self-absorbed. If someone thinks this of another person, it means that he or she loves or admires that person to such a degree as to be blind to any of their potential faults.) Tom has acted like he's such a hotshot after getting the promotion. He thinks the sun shines out his backside! He's absolutely head-over-heels in love with Mary. Even though I find her a bit irritating, he thinks the sun shines out her backside.
See also: backside, out, shine, sun, think

as if the sun shines out (someone's) backside

As though someone or oneself is better or more important than others. Various slang and vulgar synonyms for "backside" are often substituted. (Note: If thought about oneself, it means that he or she is arrogant, conceited, or self-absorbed. If someone thinks this of another person, it means that he or she loves or admires that person to such a degree as to be blinded to any of their potential faults.) Samantha has such an ego and acts as if the sun shines out her backside. He's absolutely head-over-heels in love with Mary. Even though I find her a bit irritating, to him it's as if the sun shines out her backside.
See also: backside, if, out, shine, sun

knight in shining armor

A selfless, chivalrous man who helps a woman in distress. When the police officer pulled over to help the old woman change her flat tire, she hugged him and said he was her knight in shining armor.
See also: armor, knight, shine

come rain or shine

 and come rain or (come) shine
no matter whether it rains or the sun shines; in any sort of weather. (See also rain or shine.) Don't worry. I'll be there come rain or shine. We'll hold the picnic—rain or shine.
See also: come, rain, shine

from sea to shining sea

Fig. from coast to coast. (Taken from the lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful".) The new insect pest spread from sea to shining sea in a matter of months.
See also: sea, shine

Happy is the bride that the sun shines on.

Prov. It is supposed to be good luck for the sun to shine on a couple on their wedding day. Our wedding day was a sunny one, and most of my relatives made sure to remind me, "Happy is the bride that the sun shines on."
See also: bride, happy, on, shine, sun

Make hay while the sun shines.

Prov. If you have an opportunity to do something, do it before the opportunity expires. Jane: While my husband's out of town, I'm going to watch all the movies he wouldn't take me to see. Jane: Why not? Make hay while the sun shines.
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

rain or shine

no matter whether it rains or the sun shines. (See also come rain or shine.) Don't worry. I'll be there rain or shine. We'll hold the picnic—rain or shine.
See also: rain, shine

Rise and shine!

Fig. Get out of bed and be lively and energetic! (Often a command.) Come on, children! Rise and shine! We're going to the beach. Father always calls "Rise and shine!" in the morning when we want to go on sleeping.
See also: and, rise

shine up to someone

Fig. to try to gain someone's favor by being extra nice. John is a nice guy, except that he's always trying to shine up to the professor. Mary never tries to shine up to the manager.
See also: shine, up

take a fancy to someone or something

 and take a liking to someone or something; take a shine to someone or something
to develop a fondness or a preference for someone or something. John began to take a fancy to Sally late last August at the picnic. I've never taken a liking to cooked carrots. I think my teacher has taken a shine to me.
See also: fancy, take

where the sun don't shine

Sl. in a dark place, namely the anus. I don't care what you do with it. Just put it where the sun don't shine. For all I care you can shove it where the sun don't shine.
See also: shine, sun

take a fancy to somebody/something

to start liking someone or wanting something very much I think my sister has taken a fancy to you.
See also: fancy, take

a knight in shining armor

someone who helps you when you are in a difficult situation She was looking for a knight in shining armor who might save her from her boring life.
Usage notes: usually said by a woman about a man
Etymology: in medieval times (500 to 1500 C.E.), knights were soldiers on horses who were also supposed to help and protect women
See also: armor, knight, shine

take a shine to somebody

to like someone immediately Amy took a shine to Nick, but her friends weren't so sure he was the right guy for her.
See also: shine, take

make hay while the sun shines

to do something while the situation or conditions are right I've got a few hours to finish the housework before the kids come home so I might as well make hay while the sun shines.
See hit the sack
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

a knight in shining armour

  (British & Australian) also a knight in shining armor (American & Australian)
someone who helps you when you are in a difficult situation
Usage notes: In stories about medieval times (= the time between 500 and 1500 AD), knights were soldiers who rode on horses and helped women in difficult or dangerous situations.
She looked around the bar to see if there was a knight in shining armour who might come and save her from this awful man.
See also: armour, knight, shine

(come) rain or shine

 
1. whatever the weather is He runs every morning, rain or shine.
2. if you say you will do something come rain or shine, you mean you will do it whatever happens Come rain or shine, I'll be there, I promise.
See also: rain, shine

Rise and shine!

  (old-fashioned)
something that you say to tell someone to get out of bed and start their day Rise and shine, sleepy head - you have to leave for school in twenty minutes.
See also: and, rise

take a shine to somebody

  (informal)
to like someone immediately I think Andrew has taken a bit of a shine to our new member of staff.
See also: shine, take

take the shine off something

  (informal)
if something that happens takes the shine off something pleasant, it spoils it or makes it less enjoyable Having my purse stolen took the shine off my visit to Dublin.
See also: off, shine, take

think the sun shines out (of) somebody's arse/backside

  (British & Australian very informal)
to love or admire someone so much that you do not think they have any faults You're never going to hear Maggie criticizing Jim - she thinks the sun shines out his backside!
See also: arse, out, shine, sun, think

knight in shining armor

A rescuer or defender, as in What this political party needs is a knight in shining armor to change its tarnished image . This metaphoric expression alludes to a medieval knight. [Mid-1900s]
See also: armor, knight, shine

make hay while the sun shines

Take advantage of favorable circumstances, as in Car sales have finally improved so we're making hay while the sun shines. This expression alludes to optimum dry weather for cutting grass. [Early 1500s]
See also: hay, make, shine, sun

rain or shine

No matter what the circumstances, as in We promised we would finish the project tomorrow, rain or shine. This term, first recorded in 1905, still refers to weather, as well as other uncertainty, and always implies that an activity will be carried out, no matter what. For a synonym, see hell or high water.
See also: rain, shine

rise and shine

An expression used when waking someone up, as in It's past seven, children-rise and shine! Originating as a military order in the late 1800s, shine here means "act lively, do well."
See also: and, rise, shine

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]
See also: shine, up

take a fancy to

Also, take a liking or shine to . Be attracted to someone or something, as in They took a fancy to spicy foods after their Mexican vacation, or I'm hoping he'll take a liking to the water, now that we have a cottage on a lake, or We think Bill's taken a shine to Betsy. The first term was first recorded in 1541, the first variant in 1570, and the last, a colloquialism, in 1850.
See also: fancy, take

Rise and shine!

exclam. Get up and get going! Get up! Rise and shine! It’s late.
See also: and, rise

shine someone

tv. to insult someone; to deceive someone. Stop shining me. I’m cool, man, ice.
See also: shine

shined

mod. alcohol intoxicated, especially by moonshine. Tipsy? He’s shined from dawn to dusk.
See also: shine

where the sun don’t shine

in. in a dark place, namely the anus. (Often with put it or shove it. Part of the answer to the question Where shall I put it? Always with don’t; never with doesn’t.) For all I care you can shove it where the sun don’t shine.
See also: shine, sun

shine up to

Informal
To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
See also: shine, up

take a shine to

Informal
To like spontaneously.
See also: shine, take

knight in shining armor

A wonderful guy. Fairy tales chronicled fair maidens in distress who were rescued at the last minute from dragons and ogres by a gallant knight in gleaming armor, where-upon they all lived happily ever after. Even if a young woman didn't view herself as a princess or consider herself in desperate straits, she still imagined herself being carried off by the man of her dreams, Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor.
See also: armor, knight, shine
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