An allusion to feeling the shock of an electric charge.
get a charge out of
- (idiomatic) To derive excitement, entertainment, or pleasure from.
1969, Juliette Lemercier and Justine Lemercier, The Turkish Bath, →ISBN, page 108:
Anyway, I used to get a charge out of the writing on the walls in the John.
- 1989 Oct. 2, "Yachting: Courting the America's Cup," Time:
- Even landlubbers who find yacht racing about as exciting as watching grass grow might get a charge out of the litigious storm swirling around the America's Cup.
- 2009 Jan. 2, Alina Tugend, "Coping Skills and Horrible Imaginings ," New York Times (retrieved 27 Nov 2011):
- There are gamblers who get a charge out of playing the odds and thrive off risk.