from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Something that causes pleasure or excitement: "The real turn-on ... is that he is a visionary as well as a scientist” ( Village Voice).
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- n. Something that attracts, gives pleasure, or encourages, especially sexually.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something causing excitement or stimulating interest
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After living with people who wore all emotions and opinions on their sleeves, having a few wearable secrets was the ultimate turn-on.
Some, perhaps all, older male serbs smell like leather, paprika, and pancake syrup, which just happens to be a huge turn-on for me, so it works out well for us both.
Ladies in black dresses and heels handling firearms is undoubtedly a turn-on but the ones that know even a little just stand out.
Your bra smells like cheese and it's not a turn-on, any of it.
And while Donna will bring some clarity to Kalinda's love life, there's also Blake, who has proven to be both a turn-on for and a threat — he knows about "Leela" — to Kalinda.
Sex Scene-as-Explanation Award: After The Good Wife's Peter sees his wife challenge a judge in court, he realizes that her feistiness is ... kind of a turn-on.
And I haven't analyzed myself enough to know what details of the story make it a turn-on and what ones make it a turn-off.
I have to confess that threat and violence -- IN STORIES -- can be pretty much of a turn-on for me, depending on the story.
In addition they transform into a turn-on to violence -- just as often against parents and other loved ones.
I licked my fingers, then stopped, because the licking was a turn-on.
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