take the shine off something

take the shine off something

mainly BRITISH
If something takes the shine off a pleasant event or achievement, it makes it less enjoyable than it should be. Sadly, the behaviour of a small group of fans took the shine off what was otherwise a great match. The row now threatens to take the shine off the party's recent triumph in the local elections.
See also: off, shine, something, take

take the ˈshine off something

(informal) make something seem much less good than it did at first: Allegations of cheating have taken the shine off the successful exam results.
See also: off, shine, something, take