Definition of shine in English:

shine

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Pronunciation: /ʃʌɪn
 
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verb (past and past participle shone /ʃɒn/ or shined)

[no object]
  • 3 (past and past participle shined) [with object] Make (an object made of leather, metal, or wood) bright by rubbing it; polish: his shoes were shined to perfection
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    • His shoes were shined to perfection and his dark, just about black, hair had been combed tidily.
    • The walls were sheathed with finely shined wood, and plain white carpeting lined the floors.
    • To shine patent leather, moisten a soft cloth with white vinegar and wipe clean all patent leather articles.
    Synonyms
    polish, burnish, buff, wax, gloss, brighten, brush, smooth, rub up

noun

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Phrases

take the shine off

Spoil the brilliance or excitement of: these concerns are taking the shine off Britain’s economic recovery
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  • However you look at it, it takes the shine off all those positive press releases boasting how she keeps playing to full houses in Las Vegas, doesn't it?
  • But, disappointing as that decision was, Rovers shouldn't let it take the shine off what was an otherwise fantastic night.
  • Even that defeat could not take the shine off what has been an amazing year for this remarkable young man.

take a shine to

informal Develop a liking for: Bill’s taken quite a shine to her
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  • Mum wasn't wanting to supply such a thing naturally but she had been wondering how to wean Graham off his dummy which he still took a shine to.
  • She has brought her medals to the table and it is the Olympic ones it is impossible not to take a shine to.
  • Phil said: ‘I took a shine to Liz straight away but didn't fancy my chances.’

Phrasal verbs

shine through

(Of a good quality or skill) be clearly evident: at Murrayfield his talent shone through
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  • His evident sincerity and resolve shone through once again; he is his own best weapon.
  • The food was mainly pretty good and the quality of the ingredients shone through, even where the combinations worked less well for us.
  • Not as exotic as some might like, but the quality shone through.

Origin

Old English scīnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schijnen and German scheinen.

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