Slang Dictionary

touch definition

  1. n.
    a likely target for begging; someone who is asked for a loan. (See also soft touch.) : He was just the kind of touch we were looking for, not too bright and not too poor.
  2. n.
    a request for money (from a beggar); a request for a loan. : I ignored the touch and walked on by.
  3. tv.
    to ask someone for a loan. : He touched me for a hundred bucks.
  4. n.
    a small portion of something to eat or drink. (Folksy.) : I'll have just a touch. I'm on a diet, you know.
  5. tv.
    to deal with or handle someone or something. (Usually in the negative.) : Mr. Wilson is a real pain, and I wouldn't touch his account. Find somebody else to handle it.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with touch, also see 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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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