get a charge out of

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An allusion to feeling the shock of an electric charge.

Verb[edit]

get a charge out of

  1. (idiomatic) To derive excitement, entertainment, or pleasure from.
    • 1969, Juliette Lemercier and Justine Lemercier, The Turkish Bath, ISBN 9781608720903, p. 108:
      Anyway, I used to get a charge out of the writing on the walls in the John.
    • 1989 Oct. 2, "Yachting: Courting the America's Cup," Time:
      Even landlubbers who find yacht racing about as exciting as watching grass grow might get a charge out of the litigious storm swirling around the America's Cup.
    • 2009 Jan. 2, Alina Tugend, "Coping Skills and Horrible Imaginings ," New York Times (retrieved 27 Nov 2011):
      There are gamblers who get a charge out of playing the odds and thrive off risk.

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