Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 22:13:12 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU

Subject: Re: "took a shine to"

On Sat, 25 May 1996, Alicia Spiegel wrote:

While listening to an 'infomercial' on the television regarding an

exercise machine for older persons, I heard an elderly gentleman say that

he "took a shine to exercising". I've only heard this once before in my

life. Any idea how this came about, and what it really means?

I don't recall hearing the phrase "took a shine to exercising," but I

have heard "took a shine to" all my life. I don't know its origin and

don't have time to do any research right now. It means,"found myself

simpatico with."

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