1. a noise, a commotion; in weak sense a party (see cite 1843).
|Clockmaker I 131: A rael conceited critter as you een almost ever seed, all shines and didos.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Feb. 2/4: We avail ourselves of the opportunity afforded by last Monday evening’s ‘shine’ as one likely to c onvey [...] a just idea of the delectableness of a soirée navale.|
|Bleak House (1991) 777: I let their places be, and it’s curious they can’t let my place be. There’d be a pretty shine made if I was to go a-wisitin them, I think.|
|Mons. Merlin 18 Oct. 6/1: One says he ‘went the entire animal.’ He didn’t; he went to Evans’s. The other says he had a ‘shine’ in the Haymarket (which would be true if ‘a shine’ meant a good sound drubbing. But it doesn’t).|
|Ravenshoe II 163: Mr Malone’s lot heaves crockery and broken vegetables at him out of winder [...] so there’s mostly a shine of a Sunday evening.|
|Sam Lawson’s Oldtown Fireside Stories (1881) 226: What the divil! [...] What shine be you up to now?|
|‘’Arry to the Front!’ Punch 9 Mar. 100/2: Sech sweet little mobs at their meetings, sech out-and-out shines in the Parks!|
|Willoughby Captains (1887) 233: ‘You weren’t at Parliament this afternoon. There was no end of a shine on’.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 341: After the Turon races and all that shine, somehow or other we found that things had been made hotter for us.|
|Soldiers Three (1907) 101: We shtart the divil an’ all av a shine — laughin’ an’ crackin’ on an’ t’rowin’ our boots about.‘Black Jack’ in|
|Truth (Sydney) 25 Nov. 4/5: I see theres been a bit of a shine over Varney Parks resignation.|
|‘Harry on ’Arry’ Punch 17 Aug. in (2006) 24: They say we raise shines in their churches.|
|Marvel XIV:343 June 15: He meant to make a big shine.|
|City Of The World 265: Don’t chance your arm in this here town, or there’ll be the deuce of a shine!|
|Marvel 5 June 3: Not as awful as the flogging I’ll give you if you don’t hold your silly shine!|
|All the Trees were Green 80: There’s going to be a shine over that.|
|Port of Call 67: There was a bit of a shine on in the kitchen last night. [...] They’ve all go the sulks this morning.|
2. (US) a smile [? one’s glinting teeth].
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
3. (US) a fool.
|Billy Baxter’s Letters 54: As a love-maker I guess I am a shine.|
|It’s Up to You 11: Seven of us were entered in the race for Clara J.’s affections [...] The other six were Society shines.|
|Rolling Stones (1913) 193: ‘You’ve got your chance — fifty times a better one than I had.’ ‘I’d be a shine to turn it down,’ said mac.‘The Unprofitable Servant’ in|
4. in uses meaning a black person [the reflection of a blue-black skin; as used in W.I. the term refers to someone with a very dark, smooth complexion and has no derog. connotations].
(a) (US, also chinee, shiner) a derog. term for a black person.
|E.C.B. Susan Jane 22: But now I see / That you’re the thief. You black chinee! [...] You big black liar, I’ll make you shiver.|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 73: Most of the fellows who draw the color line nowadays say that they don’t think it becomes a gentleman to swap soaks with a shine.in Zwilling|
|My Life in Prison 82: Der y’r see that shine comin’ down over there by th’ stairs?’ [...] I looked in the direction indicated and saw a medium-sized negro.|
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 424: Shiner. Nickname for Black.|
|Negro and His Songs (1964) 253: Well, you can’t do me like you do po’ Shine, / You take Shine’s money, but you can’t take mine.|
|Young Man of Manhattan 102: Of all the dumb shines I ever saw in my life!|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 67: ‘That’s enough, Shine,’ T-Dub said.|
|To Whom It May Concern 155: Some shine was arrested for cutting up another shine with a razor.‘A Sun. in April’ in|
|(con. 1900s) Pedlocks (1971) 122: That’s a smart shine, that Charlie.|
|Gaily, Gaily 31: They rob my soul out of me. They leave me hiding away—a coon, dinge, nigger, boogie, shine. They disfigure me.|
|Carlito’s Way 90: Get the shine out of here.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 80: One of them backcounty shines — black as the ace of spades, may I add — got himself shot.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 37: A skinny shine, seven feet tall, a real geek.|
|(con. 1964-65) Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 2: That June of ’63 King’s Cross was [...] brothels, hookers, pimps, hoons, charity molls, spruikers, toffs, chats, mooks, lairs, mugs, phizgigs, drag queens, straights, shines, bent cops, [...] tea leaves, neon, glitz.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 336: Many Moors mingled. They shucked with shines and mouthed multicultural mayhem.‘Jungletown Jihad’ in|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 126: Personally, I don’t mind if she’s banging a shine. Live and let live.|
(b) (US) as used by a black person, thus not derog.
|Nigger Heaven 120: Why, more of us get on through the ofays than through the shines.|
|Walls Of Jericho 22: Nobody called him Shine, however, but Negroes.|
|Deep Down In The Jungle 107: Shark said, ‘Shine, Shine, can’t you see, / When you jump in these waters you belongs to me.’ [...] Shine said, ‘I know you outswim the barracuda, outsmart every fish in the sea, / But you gotta be a stroking motherfucker to outswim me.’.|
5. a noisy person; a show-off.
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 174: Nowhere did she meet a Well-Wisher who [...] told her she was a Shine — in fact, the Champion Pest.|
|John Henry 32: She said she was svelte. I suppose that’s Dago for a shine.|
|Sorrows of a Show Girl Ch. xviii: At that, us chorus dames ain’t so worse. Of course there are a bunch of shines in the aggregation.|
6. (US) a fake diamond.
|Skidoo! 88: ‘What kind of diamonds are missing? [...] Are they sparklers or shines?’ ‘What is the difference,’ asked Mrs. Shinevonboodle haughtily. ‘The difference is about $95 a carat,’ whispered the policeman.|
7. (US black) jewellery.
|🎵 A suit is a fine [i.e. vine], jewelry is shine.‘Ebonics’|
|🎵 Now it’s long shine, long pine long cash.‘Underground Kingz’|
8. (W.I.) fellatio [play on polish the knob under knob n.].
|Official Dancehall Dict. 47: Shine oral sex: u. she polish ’n’ shine/she practises oral sex.|
|🎵 That girl gives head / That girl gives shines / That girl gives B.J.s at all times.‘I Luv U’|
1. to complain; to cause trouble.
|Mariner’s Sketches 34: Has your skipper begun to cut any shines yet?|
|Amanda Smith 198: I am sorry to lose the things, and if losing my temper and getting in a rage would bring them back, you would see me cut a shine.|
2. to look smart.
|Quaver 219: So if you keep in fashion’s pale, / And really cut a shine, sirs, / To buy, I’m sure you will not fail, / A slap-up four and nine, sirs.|
|Poetical Letters 47: Deer Jan, I’m zorry to me hart / Vrim zodgerin again to part, / An go back drashing Caurn; / Bezaides, the clothes be murch more vine— / I’m zshorely made ta cut a shine.|
|Sherman’s March 137: He was elegantly dressed, as were also several other officers, who looked as if they wanted to cut a shine on the occasion.|
|Palace & Hovel 69: My togs from Bond street came, it’s a nobby slap-up street / [...] / Nicol’s my man for shirts, with his I cuts a shine.|
|Diana 15: ‘Don’t they cut a shine when they come into meetin,’ though! They think they do.’ ‘It takes all the boys’ attention off everything.’.|
|🎵 I am a girl what’s a-doing very well in the wegetable line / And as I’d saved a bob or two, I thought I’d cut a shine / So I goes and buys some toggery, these ’ere wery clothes you see.‘What cheer Ria!’|
|Jrnl HMS Enterprise 135: Many presents were made to them, but the most highly prized was the sergeant’s red sash, with which Chimuak intended to cut a shine among the natives of King-a-ghee.|
3. to show off; to perform well.
|Sporting Mag. Dec. 108: The sun was shining, but the scent was so much clouded that the hounds could not cut a shine at all.|
|Wkly Rake (NY) 13 Aug. n.p.: the rake wants to knowWhether handsome Tom has really reformed [...] or is only cutting one of his extra shines.|
|Oxberry’s Budget of Plays 108: My father left me lots of tin, / Of gold a very mine; / So wheresoe’er I did go in, I always cut a shine / But seedily I used to dress [etc.].|
|Eliza Cook’s Jrnl Oct. 264/1: But we must have our silver forks, ragouts, and foreign wine. / And not sit down till five or six, if we mean to ‘cut a shine’.|
|Yankee Notions Dec. 351/2: Yeu don't spose a feller’s goin teu Bosting and not cut a shine, nor nuthin.|
|Rhoda Fleming 2 163: His son’ll get all the money, and go into Parliament, and cut a shine, never fear.|
|Tony Pastor’s 201 Bowery Songster 55: When I was young and in my prime, / I thought I’d go and join the line, / And as a soldier cut a shine, / In a lot called the Hungry Army.|
|Under Two Flags 5: They’ll ten to one [...] put you to shame, let you do what you will to make ’em cut a shine over the country.|
|Adventures of an Atom 142: De darky sing, de darky play, / Arter de work ob de day; / He make de heel cut a shine / Aroun’ de cabin in de moonshine!|
|Life (US) 22 54: And then a yacht I’d add to these, and stock it well with wine; / And on the turf with horses swift I’d also cut a shine.|
|Blue & Gold (UC Berkeley) 21 251: I played a game of football, and I played behind the line; / The only time I got the ball I tried to cut a shine; / I ran with it for forty yards, I thought I'd won the day.|
|Canadian Stories 26: If I do say so myself, we shanty fellows cut a shine in the dance that made the hayseeds tired before morning.|
|Pall Mall Mag. 23 33: Oh, go on—you’re all for usefulness these days: why can’t we cut a shine—same as others?|
|By Law of Might 55: Oh, yes, and as much more to play with and cut a shine in society. Not that Sharp cares much for society himself, but he likes to [...] enjoy the reputation of possessing the best that there is.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 8 May 4/6: B C can cut the shine in Blyth, but what about Truro?|
|Cottage of Delight 26: You have got some shape to you, my boy, and you will cut a shine up there.|
to run away and hide.
|B.E.F. Times 8 Sept. (2006) 226/2: The Hun he started shelling, so I thought I’d do a shine.|
(N.Z. prison) to lose one’s temper.
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 164/2: get a shine on n. to lose one’s temper.|
1. to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.
|London Standard 14 Aug. 4/5: Now torch, ’tis thine, to kick up a shine.|
|Leeds Times (Yorks.) 7 Oct. 5/1: He began to kick up a shine.|
|Leicester Chron. 26 Sept. 4/2: Defendants [...] had been heard to express their intention to go to the statue at Blaby, and ‘kick up a shine’.|
|Richmond Dispatch (VA) 9 Mar. 1/6: Pot hooks and hangers have taken into their heads to ‘kick upa shine’ in the china shop.|
|Oxford Jrnl 12 Dec. 6/6: John Bright, you must be careful now, / And not kick up a shine’.|
|Dundee Courier (Scot.) 9 Sept. 2/3: His wife ran away [...] because she thought he was going to ‘kick up a shine’.|
|Reynolds’s Newspaper 1 Apr. 6/2: If Bill doesn’t kick up a shine, it’s a mercy.|
|🎵 But at night in the Palaces of Variety / We kick up a shine regardless of propriety.[perf. Vesta Tilley] The Midnight Son|
|🎵 That’s a tale, but what’s the use of kicking up a shine?[perf. Marie Lloyd] She doesn’t know that I know what I know|
|Truth (Melbourne) 31 Jan. 11/1: It would pay them better in many ways to keep mum than to kick up a shine.|
|A Tall Ship 80: They come into the gun-room when we have a sing-song on guest nights, and kick up a frightful shine.‘Seven-Bell Boat’ in|
|Gilt Kid 32: That’s just about your mark, kicking up a shine at the spike.|
2. to put on airs.
|Anglia VII 264: To kick up shines ~ to be proud, to put on airs.‘Negro English’ in|
|Sunderland Dly Echo (Tyne & Wear) 4 May 1/7: But - mum - I won’t kick up a shine, / Nor of delight give any sign.|