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1. verb To replenish a battery by connecting it to an electrical source. I have to charge my phone because the battery just died. When my car wouldn't start this morning, I had to call a service to help me charge the battery.
2. noun Control or authority over someone or something. To convey this meaning, the phrase "in charge" is typically used. With this promotion, you will be in charge of the entire department. You need to take charge of this situation before it gets out of control.
3. noun Strong feelings of excitement. I get such a charge from singing on stage that I doubt I'll be able to sleep tonight!
4. noun A drug-induced high. Be careful taking that stuff—I got too much of a charge from it last time.
5. noun A dose or portion of a drug. I just need a little charge—isn't there anything you can give me, man?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
*charge (of someone or something)
control of someone or something; the responsibility for caring for someone or something. (*Typically: take ~; have ~; give someone ~.) How long have you had charge of this office? He took charge of the entire company.
charge someone or something (with) something
to make someone or a group pay the cost of something. I will have to charge Bill with the cost of repairs. The manager will charge your account with about forty dollars.
(something) for someone to demand an amount of money to pay for someone's ticket, fare, admission, treatment, etc. Tickets are expensive. They charged sixty dollars for each seat. I didn't realize they charged for children.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. n. a dose or portion of a drug. (Drugs.) Just a little charge till I can get to my candy man.
2. n. a drug’s rush. (Drugs.) What kind of charge do you expect out of half-cashed weed?
3. n. a thrill. I got a tremendous charge out of your last letter.
See charged up
See also: charge
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
- be in charge (of someone or something)
- be in the charge of (someone)
- be left in charge (of someone or something)
- be put in charge (of someone or something)
- bring (one) up on charges
- bring a charge against
- bring a charge against (someone)
- carrying charge
- charge (one) with (something)
- charge (something) (up) to (one)
- charge (something) (up) to (something)
- charge (something) against (something)
- charge (something) for (something)
- charge (something) off as (something)
- charge (something) on (something)
- charge against
- charge as much as the traffic will bear
- charge at
- charge at (someone or something)
- charge down
- charge down on
- charge down on (someone or something)
- charge for
- charge in
- charge in(to)
- charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it
- charge off
- charge off as
- charge on
- charge out
- charge up
- charge up to
- charge what the market will bear
- charge what the traffic will bear
- charge with
- charged up
- cost/pay/charge the earth
- dynamite charge
- file charges
- file charges against (one)
- get a bang out of
- get a charge out of
- get a charge out of (something)
- get a charge out of something
- get a kick out of (someone or something)
- give (one) a charge
- give (one) charge of (someone or something)
- give a bang
- have a crush on (someone)
- have a leg up on (someone)
- have charge of (someone or something)
- have contact with (one)
- have the jump on (someone)
- in charge
- in charge of
- in charge of (someone or something)
- in the care of
- in the charge of (someone)
- large and in charge
- lay a charge
- lead the charge
- leave (one) in charge (of someone or something)
- leave (someone or something) in the charge of (someone)
- level a charge against
- level a charge against (one)
- pay, earn, charge, etc. top dollar
- place (someone or something) in the charge of (someone)
- prefer charges
- prefer charges against (one)
- press charges
- put (one) in charge (of someone or something)
- recharge (one's) batteries
- return to the charge
- scale of charges
- take charge
- take charge of (someone or something)
- top dollar
- Who died and left you in charge?