take a shine to, to(redirected from to take a shine to)
take a shine totake a fancy to; develop a liking for. informal
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take a shine toInformal
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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