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take a shine to (someone or something)

To have or develop a fondness or preference for someone or something; to be attracted to or desire someone or something. 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 friend Tommy, so I'm going to try to 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 in my new job.
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take a shine to

take a fancy to; develop a liking for. informal
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take a shine to

Informal
To like spontaneously.
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take a shine to, to

To develop a liking for something or someone. The origin of this nineteenth-century American colloquialism, first appearing in print in 1839, has been lost. Nevertheless, it remains current, mostly in America. L. Meynell used it in Papersnake (1978): “He took a shine to you.”
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