common touch


Definition of common touch

: the gift of appealing to or arousing the sympathetic interest of the common people

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Caius Martius, the titular hero, played with cerebral, kinetic aplomb by the excellent Jonathan Cake, has McCain’s aversion to conventional manners and Bush’s hapless common touch. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Endgames in “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Coriolanus”," 12 Aug. 2019 In contrast to the mousy Ms Tsai, Mr Han is a natural orator with a common touch. The Economist, "Tsai Ing-wen’s prospects for re-election have improved," 25 July 2019 And a common thread between Obama and Trump was a common touch. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What the Democrats’ Turn Leftward Means for the Party’s Chances in 2020," 3 July 2019 After years of an ailing pontiff leading a stuffy Church, Cardinal Bergoglio’s common touch and his South American pedigree seemed a logical choice for a Church desperate to engage with its future. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "How Pope Francis Is Changing the Catholic Church," 16 July 2018 President Bill Clinton Florida and the whole country have lost a valiant patriot, a man who moved confidently through the corridors of power of many nations but who never lost his common touch. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 Resilience from adversity Folklorists have highlighted the importance of humble origins for heroes to show a common touch and accessibility. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, "Why CEOs Make Great Politicians," 14 June 2018 To underline his common touch, Mr. Kurz flies economy on state business and walks to work, a novelty in Austria, an affluent nation fond of hierarchy and decorum. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Austrian Leader’s Blueprint for Europe’s Establishment: Move to the Right," 25 May 2018 The idea is to evoke trust and familiarity, a common touch. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of common touch

1910, in the meaning defined above

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