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To touch and go

Touch \Touch\, v. i.

  1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.

  2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.]

    Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon gold, that will not touch upon silver.

  3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or casual manner; -- often with on or upon.

    If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they immediately quitted it.

  4. (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that its weather leech shakes. To touch and go (Naut.), to touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion. To touch at, to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the ship touched at Lisbon. To touch on or To touch upon,

    1. to come or go to for a short time. [R.]

      I made a little voyage round the lake, and touched on the several towns that lie on its coasts.

    2. to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a discourse.