float (one's) boat

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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.
See also: boat, float
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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.
See also: boat, float
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float someone's boat

appeal to or excite someone, especially sexually. informal
See also: boat, float
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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.
See also: boat, float
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WITH his [euro]2billion yacht Roman Abramovich could be sailing to St Barts, Capri or the French Riviera - but it's Scotland that floats his boat.
This week, Jason and Ortis are off to Guernsey where they check out the latest state-of-the-art remote-controlled goodies; Jon enjoys a Mediterranean cruise and sees which of the latest all-colour e-readers floats his boat; Pollyanna is bound for Germany where she dons a new exoskeleton, and Suzi gives the Eddie Stobart fleet the once-over with the help of her top five mini-vacuums.
Yes, it seems posh women in twinsets and pearls who look like Monica Lewinsky and know about house prices are what floats his boat these days.
Now, it takes all sorts but if that's what floats his boat, then good luck to the bloke.