English version

throw a switch/handle/lever

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthrow a switch/handle/leverthrow a switch/handle/leverSWITCH ON OR OFFto make something start or stop working by moving a control He threw a switch and the lights all went out. throw
Examples from the Corpus
throw a switch/handle/leverThe image of Chantal vanished instantly as though some one had thrown a switch.He threw a lever and the twin 1500-horsepower engines roared to life.
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