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switch-on

[ swich-on, -awn ]
/ ˈswɪtʃˌɒn, -ˌɔn /
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noun
the act or process of switching on an ignition, light, appliance, etc.
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Origin of switch-on

Noun use of verb phrase switch on
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British Dictionary definitions for switch-on

switch on

verb (adverb)
to cause (a device) to operate by or as if by moving a switch, knob, or lever; turn on
(tr) informal to produce (charm, tears, etc) suddenly or automatically
(tr) informal (now slightly dated) to make up-to-date, esp regarding outlook, dress, etc
(tr) slang to arouse emotionally or sexually
(intr) slang to take or become intoxicated by drugs
(tr) slang to introduce (someone) to drugs
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Other Idioms and Phrases with switch-on

switch on

Produce as if operating by a control, as in She switched on the charm as soon as he walked in. [Mid-1900s] Also see switch off.

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