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An idiom

Posted by ESC on August 13, 2004

In Reply to: An idiom posted by Jose Carlos on August 13, 2004

: Good evening,

: Can anyone help me out with the sentence below? The trouble for me seems to be the verbal idiom TURN SOMEONE OFF TO. Is it well employed? What is the real meaning? Was she attracted to or did she lose interest in biological science?

: "She recalls that her first research experience turned her off to biological science - that, and dissection."

: Thanks.

: Jose Carlos

She lost interest.

turn off -- to disgust or otherwise repel.

turn-off -- noun. Something that disgusts or repels.

The opposite would be "turn on." That phrase started out as a reference to sex or drugs. But it now has a wider meaning -- stimulate interest.

turn on -- 1. To use drugs. 2. To introduce another to something. 3. To alter awareness with or without drugs. 4. To become intently aware. 5. To provoke a sexual reaction.

From the "Hippie Counterculture" chapter of "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996)