Someone suggested to me that the idiom "to shine someone on" is racist in origin.
I'm not talking about shine on or shine or any of those other uses. What I'm referring to is shining someone on meaning in either of its meanings listed here, but mainly the first one:
shine (one) on
- To deceive one or to tell one a lie, especially in order to deflect or avoid responsibility for something.
He told me he hadn't touched a drop of alcohol, but I think he was shining me on.
Don't shine us on, Marty. We know you're the one who screwed up the accounts!
- To insult, provoke, or aggravate one.
After the neighbors complained about my Christmas lights, I decided to shine them on a bit by adding even more to my house.
If you really want to shine him on, you should bring his sister to the Christmas party as your date. Don't shine the immigration officer on, or you very well might get booted out of the country!
TFD Online, Farlex Dictionary of Idioms