Joe is a toucher—and not in a creepy, hide-your-interns kind of way.
If you have met this type of "toucher" before, you instantly see it coming and chase off to a most important engagement.
And it is here as in the court, where the nearest are most spited, and all blows aimed at the toucher.
I was watching a chap on a bike tumble off in front of a motor bus, near as a toucher run over.
In trades we get Fuller in the south, Tucker (toucher) in the west, and Walker in the north.
The toucher endeavors to secure the other's place in the ring, failing which, he must begin again.
A bowl, however, that is forced on to the jack by another is not a toucher.
A single unconscious touch and the toucher starts back with an amazed "What's this?"
toucher was the officer on watch, and no doubt thought himself lucky in being, at the time, on the other half of the bridge.
Whoever is touched takes the place of the toucher in the linked couple (Legends of Lancashire, p. 138).
late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.
Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.
c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
[touch up variant may be influenced by British touch up, ''to grope a woman'']