Common Expressions with the Word “Touch” in English

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.

  • Touch-and-go

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.


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