Useful expressions with TOUCH in English.
- Get in touch (with someone)
Meaning: to initiate contact with someone.
Ex. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you all morning. Where have you been?
- Lose one’s touch
Meaning: lose ability to do something as well as we used to
Ex. It seems like Mary’s lost her touch with skiing
- Magic touch
Meaning: ability to do something excellently
Ex. My mum has a magic touch when it comes to cooking pasta.
- Keep in touch
Meaning: stay in contact with someone.
Ex. I’ve always been trying to keep in touch with schoolmates.
- Out of touch
Meaning: lack of information or communication.
Ex. I’m out of touch with Brenda so I couldn’t tell you when she’s coming.
- Soft touch
Meaning: easy person.
Ex. Clara is a soft touch. We can always persuade her to babysit for us.
Meaning: critical situation.
Ex. Everything was touch-and-go before John’s operation.
- Touch base
Meaning: to talk to someone for a while.
Ex. While we were in Italy, we touched base with some old friends.
- Finishing touch
Meaning: final details that complete one’s work.
Ex. I just need to add final touches to my new vase.
- Touch a sore spot (point)
Meaning: sensitive matter.
Ex. We shouldn’t touch a sore spot and ask him about the accident.
- Touch a nerve with
Meaning: make someone upset.
Ex. Any talk of raising the cost of oil touches a nerve with citizens.
- Lose touch with
Meaning: lose contact with someone.
Ex. Although they lived in different countries, they’ve never lost touch with each other.