common touch, the

The ability to appeal to the ordinary person's sensibilities and interests. For example, The governor is an effective state leader who also happens to have the common touch. This phrase employs common in the sense of “everyday” or “ordinary.” [c. 1940]


Nearby words

  1. common tannin,
  2. common tern,
  3. common time,
  4. common topaz,
  5. common touch,
  6. common variable immunodeficiency,
  7. common year,
  8. common yellow throat,
  9. common-cold virus,
  10. common-law

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