put lead in one's pencil

put lead in (one's) pencil

Of a man, to increase, enhance, or restore one's sexual ability or vigor. Following this six-step program will put lead in your pencil, guaranteed. The only real way to put lead in your pencil is to eat well, exercise regularly, and have self-confidence.
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put lead in one's pencil

Enhance or restore sexual vigor, as in Try one of these hot peppers; that'll put lead in your pencil. This phrase, a euphemism for causing an erection, is considered far more vulgar than the contemporary synonym put hair on one's chest, alluding to a secondary male sex characteristic. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
See also: lead, pencil, put
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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