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    Nefertiti is offline Member
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    take a shine to sb.

    Hi there.

    take a shine to someone
    to like someone immediately:
    I think he's taken a bit of a shine to you. (Cambridge)

    1. Does anyone know where this phrase to 'take a shine to sb' originate? Or explain it on your own view?

    2. Is it a common usage?

    Thanks,

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: take a shine to sb.

    The online Etymology dictionary gives this:
    Phrase to take a shine to "fancy" is Amer.Eng. slang from 1839. (Online Etymology Dictionary)

    However, it is also used in British English. I wouldn't say it is particularly common. The British Vational Corpus has aunder 20 examples of it in all the fornms of the verb (take/takes/took/taken)

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