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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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