- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money:I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- to mention a subject briefly or casually; treat of in passing: In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking: This should touch up your memory.
Idioms about touch
Origin of touch
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How to use touch in a sentence
To let us know how your voting experience goes, here’s how to sign up and get in touch.Please Tell Us If You Have Any Trouble Voting This Year|by Rachel Glickhouse|September 8, 2020|ProPublica
We may not be able to hug each other, for fear of infection, but we can keep in touch digitally.Fortune’s 40 Under 40 honorees in tech defy the pandemic|rhhackettfortune|September 2, 2020|Fortune
A battery-powered system of fans stokes your fire with the touch of a button.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs|Amy Marturana Winderl|September 2, 2020|Outside Online
This requires a data-driven approach, measuring gaps as well as progress while still employing the human touch overall.3 ways to make sure corporate diversity and inclusion efforts have a lasting impact|matthewheimer|August 31, 2020|Fortune
That offer prompted the employee to get in touch with the FBI, which quickly began monitoring all of Kriuchkov’s actions.The FBI broke up a Russian hacker plot to extort millions from Tesla|Aaron Pressman|August 28, 2020|Fortune
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls|Carla Hall|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I had a small touch of prison a couple of times,” Mailer writes to Ehrlichman.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness|Ronald K. Fried|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The quote appears on the bronze plaque the players touch before they take the field for home games.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down|Nicolaus Mills|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The former vice president is not known as a soft touch, but for a brief moment in 2011, he seemed to hold Clinton in high regard.Remember When Republicans Loved Hillary Clinton?|Ben Jacobs|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Too many designers, Nagrani reckons, stop thinking like entrepreneurs and lose touch with their customers.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Goliath wouldn't answer; the Dublin said the force was coming off, and we could not get into touch with the soldiers at all.
He made me think of an old time magician more than anything, and I felt that with a touch of his wand he could transform us all.
He thought they were now in touch with our troops at "X" but that they had been through some hard fighting to get there.
Thanks to Berthier's admirable system, Bonaparte was kept in touch with every part of his command.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Tausig possessed this repose in a technical way, and his touch was marvellous; but he never drew the tears to your eyes.
British Dictionary definitions for touch
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Derived forms of touchtouchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective
Word Origin for touch
Other Idioms and Phrases with touch
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch