touched by, be

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touched by, be

Also, be touched with. Be affected by some emotion, especially a tender feeling like gratitude, pity, or sympathy. For example, She was very touched by his concern for her welfare. This idiom alludes to touching or reaching one's heart, the seat of emotions. [First half of 1300s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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