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touch Idioms & Phrases


common touch

  • noun the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
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finishing touch

  • noun a final touch; a crowning achievement; a culmination
    copestone; capstone.
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get in touch

  • verb establish communication with someone
    get in touch; connect.
    • did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?
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In touch

  • (Football), outside of bounds. T. Hughes.
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light touch

  • noun momentary contact
    brush.
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Master touch

  • . (a) The touch or skill of a master . Pope. (b) Some part of a performance which exhibits very skillful work or treatment. "Some master touches of this admirable piece." Tatler.
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midas touch

  • noun an ability to make and manage large amounts of money
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Royal touch

  • the touching of a diseased person by the hand of a king, with the view of restoring to health; formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the scrofula, or king's evil.
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sense of touch

  • noun the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)
    touch; sense of touch; skin senses; cutaneous senses.
    • only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us
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soft touch

  • noun a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    fool; sucker; gull; patsy; fall guy; mug; chump; mark.
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To be in touch

  • to be in contact, or in sympathy.
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To keep touch

  • . (a) To be true or punctual to a promise or engagement Obs.; hence, to fulfill duly a function.
    My mind and senses keep touch and time. Sir W. Scott.
    (b) To keep in contact; to maintain connection or sympathy;-with with or of.
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To touch a sail

  • (Naut.), to bring it so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes.
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To touch and go

  • (Naut.), to touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion.
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To touch at

  • to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the ship touched at Lisbon.
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To touch bottom

  • to reach the lowest point; to find something on which to rest.
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To touch onupon

  • to come or go to for a short time. R.
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To touch the wind

  • (Naut.), to keep the ship as near the wind as possible.
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To touch up

  • to repair; to improve by touches or emendation.
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touch a chord

  • verb evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
    strike a chord.
    • this writer strikes a chord with young women
    • The storyteller touched a chord
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Touch and go

  • a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape.
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touch base

  • verb establish communication with someone
    get in touch; connect.
    • did you finally connect with your long-lost cousin?
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touch down

  • verb come or bring (a plane) to a landing
    • the plane touched down at noon
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touch football

  • noun a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
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touch modality

  • noun the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body (especially the hands)
    touch; sense of touch; skin senses; cutaneous senses.
    • only sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space around us
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touch off

  • verb put in motion or move to act
    activate; trigger off; actuate; set off; trigger; spark off; spark; trip.
    • trigger a reaction
    • actuate the circuits
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touch on

  • verb refer to or discuss briefly
  • verb be relevant to
    relate; pertain; have-to doe with; bear on; touch; come to; refer; concern.
    • There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    • My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  • verb restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    repair; doctor; fix; furbish up; restore; mend; bushel.
    • She repaired her TV set
    • Repair my shoes please
  • verb have an effect upon
    impact; bear upon; bear on; touch; affect.
    • Will the new rules affect me?
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touch perception

  • noun the faculty of perceiving (via the skin) pressure or heat or pain
    tactility; tactual sensation; skin perceptiveness.
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touch screen

  • noun a computer display that enables the user to interact with the computer by touching areas on the screen
    touchscreen.
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touch sensation

  • noun the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    touch; feeling; tactual sensation; tactile sensation.
    • she likes the touch of silk on her skin
    • the surface had a greasy feeling
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touch system

  • noun typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time
    touch system.
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touch typing

  • noun typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time
    touch system.
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touch up

  • verb alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance
    retouch.
    • This photograph has been retouched!
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touch-and-go

  • adjective satellite fraught with danger
    precarious; parlous; perilous.
    • dangerous waters
    • a parlous journey on stormy seas
    • a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat
    • the precarious life of an undersea diver
    • dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery
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touch-box

Touch"-box` noun
Definitions
  1. A box containing lighted tinder, formerly carried by soldiers who used matchlocks, to kindle the match.
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touch-me-not

  • noun North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
    celandine; lady's earrings; orange balsam; jewelweed; Impatiens capensis.
  • noun Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
    Ecballium elaterium; squirting cucumber; exploding cucumber.
  • noun prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled
    live-and-die; sensitive plant; action plant; Mimosa pudica; humble plant; shame plant.
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Touch"-me-not` noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) (a) See Impatiens. (b) Squirting cucumber. See under Cucumber.
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touch-needle

Touch"-nee`dle noun
Definitions
  1. (Metal.) A small bar of gold and silver, either pure, or alloyed in some known proportion with copper, for trying the purity of articles of gold or silver by comparison of the streaks made by the article and the bar on a touchstone.
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touch-paper

Touch"-pa`per noun
Definitions
  1. Paper steeped in saltpeter, which burns slowly, and is used as a match for firing gunpowder, and the like.
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touch-type

  • verb type without looking at the keyboard
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touch-typist

  • noun a skilled typist who can type a document without looking at the keyboard
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True as touch

  • (i.e., touchstone), quite true. Obs.
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