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1touch/ˈtʌtʃ/verb
touchestouchedtouching
1touch
/ˈtʌtʃ/
verb
touchestouchedtouching
Learner's definition of TOUCH  
: to put your hand, fingers, etc., on someone or something
[+ object]
[no object]
— usually used in negative statements
: to be in contact with (something) — used to say that one thing is directly against another thing with no space between
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] 
: to change or move (something) — usually used in negative statements
   b  : to harm (someone or something)
[+ object] 
: to deal with or work on (something)
   b  : to become involved with (someone or something)
[+ object]  : to use (something) — usually used in negative statements
[+ object] 
: to affect or involve (someone)
   b  : to affect the feelings of (someone) : to cause (someone) to feel an emotion (such as sympathy or gratitude)
— see also touching
[+ object]  : to influence (something)
[+ object]  : to be as good as (someone or something) — usually used in negative statements
[+ object]chiefly British  : to reach (a particular level or amount)
10  [+ object]baseball  : to get a hit off or score a run against (a pitcher) — usually + for
11  [+ object]literary  : to appear on (something)

not touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole

(US)informalor Britishnot touch (someone or something) with a bargepole
: to refuse to go near or become involved with (someone or something)

touch a chord

— see 2chord

touch all the bases

ortouch every base
— see 1base

touch a nerve

— see nerve

touch base

— see 1base

touch down

[phrasal verb]
: to return to the ground or another surface after a flight : land
touch (the ball) downrugby or touch down (the ball)  : to score by putting (the ball) on the ground behind an opponent's goal line
— see also touchdown

touch for

[phrasal verb]
touch (someone) for (something)informal British 
: to persuade (someone) to give or lend you (an amount of money)
— see also 1touch 10 (above)

touch off

[phrasal verb]
touch off (something) or touch (something) off 
: to cause (something) to start suddenly

touch on/upon

[phrasal verb]
touch on/upon (something) 
: to briefly talk or write about (something) : to mention (something) briefly
: to come close to (something) : to almost be (something)

touch up

[phrasal verb]
touch up (something) or touch (something) up  : to improve (something) by making small changes or additions
touch (someone) upBritish, informal or touch up (someone)  : to touch (someone) in a sexual way

touch wood

— see 1wood

touch your forelock

— see forelock
2touch/ˈtʌtʃ/noun
pluraltouches
2touch
/ˈtʌtʃ/
noun
pluraltouches
Learner's definition of TOUCH  
[count]  : the act of touching someone or something — usually singular
[noncount]  : the ability to be aware of something physical by touching it : the sense that allows you to feel physical things
[singular]  : the quality of a thing that is experienced by feeling or touching it
[count]  : a small detail that is added to improve or complete something — usually + to
[singular]  : a quality that can be seen in the way something is done
— see also midas touch
[count]  : an act of handling or controlling the ball in a sport (such as basketball, soccer, or American football)
[noncount]  : the area outside of the lines that mark the long edges of the playing area in soccer or rugby

a touch

: to a small extent : slightly

a touch of

: a small amount of (something) : a hint or trace of (something)

finishing touch

— see 1finish

in touch

: in a state in which people communicate with each other especially by calling or writing to each other — often + with
: the state of being aware of what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with
   b  : the state of being aware of a particular part of your character that is not easily noticed — usually + with

lose touch

: to stop communicating with each other : to no longer know what is happening in each other's lives — often + with
: to stop knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with

lose your touch

: to no longer have the ability to do things that you were able to do successfully in the past

out of touch

: not communicating with each other
: in a state of not knowing what is happening, how a particular group of people feels, etc. — usually + with
— see also common touch, soft touch
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