lose touch(redirected from losing one's touch)
1. To unintentionally decrease frequency of communication with someone over time until no further contact takes place. Unfortunately, my college roommate and I lost touch over the years, so I have no idea how she's doing now.
2. To no longer be skilled in doing something. In this usage, a possessive pronoun is used between "lose" and "touch." The students no longer listen to my threats—I must be losing my touch. He used to be one of the league's elite shooters, but it seems like he's lost his touch.
lose one's touch (with someone or something)
Fig. to lose one's ability to handle someone or something. I seem to have lost my touch with my children. They won't listen to me anymore. We've both lost our touch as far as managing people goes.
lose one's touch
No longer be able to do or handle something skillfully. For example, I used to make beautiful cakes but I seem to have lost my touch, or Dad had a real knack for letting someone down gently, but he's lost his touch. This expression alludes to the older sense of touch as a musician's skill on an instrument or an artist's skill in using a brush or chisel. [First half of 1900s] Also see lose touch.
Fail to keep in contact or communication, as in The two sisters lost touch years ago, or Please don't lose touch with me after you move away. [Late 1800s] For an antonym, see in touch.
lose your touch
If you lose your touch, you become less skillful at doing something. Despite thirteen years in the job, she has not lost her touch.
lose your touchnot show your customary skill.
1991 Times The guv'nor is a former pork butcher who has clearly not lost his touch.