turn (someone's) crank

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turn (someone's) crank

To excite or arouse the interest of someone. To be honest, science never turned my crank in school. I was always more interested in literature.
See also: crank, turn
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In fact, with its antique-looking painted-wood automata and the turban-wearers who turned their cranks, the scene recalled a circus or parish fair rather than a contemporary art institution.