There was the headline “Bears defense shines in 24-17 loss to Panthers" in today's New York Times Sport section.
Cambridge English Dictionary defines “shine” as;
- to send out or reflect light.
- to point a light in a particular direction.
- to make something bright by rubbing it.
Oxford English Dictionary defines it as;
- give out a bright light.
- make (an object made of leather, metal, or wood) bright by rubbing it.
- be very talented or perform very well.
Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary defines it as;
- produce or reflect or point the light of lamp in a particular direction.
- polish stg.
- to be very good at stg.
Though it seems to me that only the definition 3. of both OED and OALD is relevant to the ‘shine’ in the quoted headline, I cannot make out why Bears defense is described as “shines (performed very well)” in a lost game, not winning game.
What does “shines” here mean? Is it a prevailing usage of ‘shine’ as a verb? Is the word ‘shine’ used very often in this way?