strike/touch a chord in/with

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of strike/touch a chord in/with

:to strongly impress (someone)
  • Her comments about political corruption clearly struck a chord with many voters.

Word by Word Definitions

strike play
  1. : to take a course : go

  2. : to aim and usually deliver a blow, stroke, or thrust (as with the hand, a weapon, or a tool)

  3. : to arrive with detrimental effect

  1. : a tool for smoothing a surface (as of a mold)

  2. : an act or instance of striking

  3. : a work stoppage by a body of workers to enforce compliance with demands made on an employer

touch play
  1. : to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense : handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate

  2. : to put hands upon in any way or degree

  3. : to take into the hands or mouth

  1. : the act or fact of touching

  2. : the special sense by which pressure or traction exerted on the skin or mucous membrane is perceived

  3. : a specified sensation that arises in response to stimulation of the tactile receptors : feel

chord play
  1. : three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously

  1. : accord

  2. : to play chords especially on a stringed instrument

  3. : to make chords on

  1. : cord

  2. : a straight line segment joining and included between two points on a circle

  3. : an individual emotion or disposition


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