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shine up to (one)
To attempt to curry favor through insincere or excessive flattery or praise. Since I'm deciding who gets the promotion, Crystal has been shining up to me by buying me coffee all week. You need to quit shining up to the teacher like that, or you're going to start getting bullied by the other kids.
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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.
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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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
shine up toInformal
To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
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