1. (US campus, also shine out) to play truant (from), to skip classes.
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 53: De yuther servants wouldn’ miss me, kase dey’d shin out en take holiday soon as de ole folks ’uz out’n de way.|
|Foxes (1980) 17: When I’m eighteen, I’m going to shine that place.|
|Sl. U. 168: She shined classes yesterday.|
|Street Talk 2 2: A few of us shined bio yesterday.|
2. (US black, also shine on) to fool, to delude.
|Die Nigger Die! 8: I don’t call you nigger ’cause you’re mine, / I call you nigger ’cause you shine.|
|Property Of (1978) 241: Don’t be shining on me [...] Because I will not have a junkie dealing for me.|
|Conversation with the Mann 80: Some had talent, some were just shining themselves.|
|What Fire Cannot Burn 239: I’m getting shined. Getting shined three-sixty.|
|Wire ser. 4 ep. 8 [TV script] He shinin’ us on about that big-ass 50-caliber hole because I know who put it there.‘Corner Boys’|
3. to get rid of; to abandon; to ignore.
|Urban Black Argot 145: Shine Someone On to ignore someone.|
|Foxes (1980) 62: For chrissake, just shine him and get off the phone.|
|Pain Killers 169: Thought you was gonna shine us on [...] We was gonna have a riot or somethin’!|
4. see shine up to
SE in slang uses
(W.I./UK black) a materialistic young woman.
|Official Dancehall Dict. 47: Shine-eye gal a material girl.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 169: It seems you want a man for his corn. You’re not a shine eye gal are you?|
(US) to appear.
|Top-Notch 1 Apr. [Internet] It was decided that I wasn’t to shine at all.‘Fall of the Wise’ in|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 147: This boy is going to start a fight with anybody he can find in the Dragons. Thats where you shine in. Soon as he does, you step up and shoot the dragon.‘Wrong Way Home’ in|
(US) to shine very brightly.
|Guardian 12 Dec. [Internet] On a second sheet of green metal casing nearby an American soldier named Gary had scribbled his own brief marking before loading the cluster bomb into the hold of one of the B-52s. ‘For those whose dreams were taken,’ he wrote, ‘here are a few nightmares. This is gonna shine like a diamond in a goat’s ass.’.|
|‘Because They’re Not Like Us’ at BuzzFlash.com 27 Feb. [Internet] I wept with joy as they scrubbed down the streets so the whole city will shine like a dime in a goat’s ass.|
to shine brightly.
|Polite Conversation 26: Why, Miss you shine this Morning, like a sh— Barn-Door.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: It shines like a shitten barn door.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1788].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
see sense 3 above.
|Number One Adult Sexual Health Terms Advisor [Internet] Masturbation Slang Male Terms: [...] shine the helmet/pole [...] shine your pole.|
see sense 1 above.
(US black) to ignore, to disdain.
|‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 41: Shine it on, v. Forget about it; don’t pay it any attention.|
|Delinquency, Crime, and Social Process 808: If an initiate arrives on the scene and presents an image of being ‘rowdy,’ ‘lame,’ or ‘uncool,’ he is immediately ‘put on the shine’ (shunned).|
|Queens’ Vernacular 179: shine somebody on (70, fr black & motorcycle sl) to give someone the cold shoulder.|
|Choirboys (1976) 169: Shine it on, baby.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 30: Use a get to me when I’z little bitty dude. Now, I just shine it on.|
|Homeboy 146: If you cant shine him on, you gotta cut her loose.|
|Prison Sl. 40: Shine a Person On also Put Him on Shine To completely disassociate from or ignore someone.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 95: Hoffa cleaned his ears. Hoffa shined on Littell. He gouged. He went in deep.|
(US black) to fellate.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] shine me up Definition: suck my dick Example: Damn Tyrone you need to tell that bitch to shine me up or she won’t get any money.|
(US) to flatter someone, to curry favour, to court.
|Major Jones’s Courtship (1872) 26: They was all comin’ to me about it, and cussin and shinin and disputin so I couldn’t hardly hear one from tother.|
|High Life in N.Y. I 216: Insted of shinning up to ’em, and talking soft sodder [...] I feel sort of dashed.|
|Letters to Young People 141: If a young man should ‘kind o’ shine up to you,’ and you should ‘cotton to him,’ and he should hear you say ‘by the jumping Moses,’ or ‘by the living jingo,’ [...] he would pretty certainly ‘evaporate.’.|
|Century Mag. (N.Y.) Oct. 827: It was then that David first set out to shine up to her [DA].|
|Tenting on the Plains (rev. edn 1895) 25: He needn’t think to shine up to me; he’s nothing but a black African.|
|Blazed Trail 136: By the way, you might shine up to Hilda Farrand and join the rest of the fortune-hunters.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 72: I’ll shine up to her an’ marry her!|
|Main Street (1921) 306: Be switched if sometimes I don’t feel tempted to shine up to some girl.|
|Jack-Roller 130: The landlady had two daughters, and I sort of shined up to them.|
|Sudden 35: Who’d ’a’ thought o’ him shinin’ up to that Purdie gal? – not that she ain’t worth it.|
|Case of the Lonely Heiress 190: It might be a good plan to shine up to Marilyn Marlow.|
|Sweet Money Girl 30: He had shined up to Hortense tonight.|
|Pop. 1280 in Four Novels (1983) 472: God-dang if she didn’t look almost pretty the way he shined up to her.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 4: Don’t you shine us up with no more your figures!|