whatever turns (one) on

whatever turns (one) on

Whatever excites, interests, or is pleasurable to one (is acceptable). The phrase alludes to sexual arousal, and so is often intended to be somewhat humorous when used in a more general way. It is sometimes used as a sarcastic comment implying that one's interest is unusual. A: "Do you mind if we listen to some jazz?" B: "Sure, whatever turns you on." A: "I know it's weird, but I really love to lick the butter wrapper." B: "Whatever turns you on, Haley!"
See also: on, turn, whatever

Whatever turns you on.

 
1. Inf. Whatever pleases or excites you is okay. Mary: Do you mind if I buy some of these flowers? Bill: Whatever turns you on. Mary: I just love to hear a raucous saxophone play some smooth jazz. Bob: Whatever turns you on, baby.
2. . Inf. a comment implying that it is strange to get so excited about something. (Essentially sarcastic.) Bob: I just go wild whenever I see pink gloves on a woman. I don't understand it. Bill: Whatever turns you on. Jane: You see, I never told anybody this, but whenever I see snow falling, I just go sort of mushy inside. Sue: Weird, Jane, weird. But, whatever turns you on.
See also: on, turn, whatever

whatever turns you on

and whatever floats your boat
tv. whatever excites you or interests you. (Main entry was said originally about sexual matters.) I can’t stand that kind of music, but whatever turns you on. Ketchup on hot dogs! Yuck! But whatever floats your boat.
See also: on, turn, whatever