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float (one's) boat

To make someone happy. Often used in the phrase "whatever floats (one's) boat." A: "What do you want for dinner?" B: "Whatever floats your boat, I'm not even hungry." I think this new job in the lab will really float Isabel's boat.
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float someone's boat

INFORMAL
If something floats your boat, you find it exciting, attractive, or interesting. Create a space for yourself: light candles, burn incense, run a bath — whatever floats your boat. I can see the band's appeal. But it doesn't float my boat.
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float someone's boat

appeal to or excite someone, especially sexually. informal
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float somebody’s ˈboat

(informal) be what somebody likes: You can go swimming, hiking or just lie on the beach, whatever floats your boat.
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Wahoo Docks is the leading manufacturer of residential lake docks and commercial aluminum floating boat docks and gangways, while Wahoo Decks is the leading manufacturer of aluminum deck drainage systems.
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Akerman's "Nightfall Over Shanghai (April 2007)" consists of little more than long-held vid shots of Shanghai skyscrapers and a floating boat, bearing giant video displays of consumer products and familiar images such as Da Vinci's "La Giaconda." Compared with Akerman's recent experiments with projected images, such as "A Voice in the Desert," this is little more than an afterthought, and a weak closer to the project.
During the first phase of the project a magical floating boat sculpture was designed, built and moored on the Ouseburn outside Seven Stories' new building.
the aim of the acquisition is to get a new, safe and good floating boat dock for teiva port in place of the dismantled quay.
The proposal was to install floating boat barriers above all five of the weirs on the river.
The floating boat is a brainchild of David Nelson, a marine developer who has lived on board his own houseboat in Minnesota for 19 years.