the common touch

the common touch

the ability of a rich or important person to communicate well with and understand ordinary people It was always said of the princess that she had the common touch and that's why she was so loved by the people. He was a dedicated and brilliant leader but he lacked the common touch.
See also: common, touch
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He added: "Andy also has that one thing all leaders crave - the common touch.
He added: "He talked with the crowds and walked with kings and never lost the common touch.
The hotel offers Asian-style five-star service, (like British 5-star service, only with additional noodle-slurping) but this doc is more interested in the common touch as it focuses on some of the new staff recruited from the local area.
The truth is if you lose the common touch, you lose your seat.
FUTURE kings may well need the common touch to endear themselves to hoi polloi - but a little subtlety, please.
Kate also showed she is handy at the common touch as she accepted the gift of a babygro from a young ex-offender.
uk For wine fans with a sense of humour, try the Fred and Friends Winestein - a tankard glass with wine glass shape interior that will add the common touch, PS13.
The two queens set the most amazing example to the people they represented and never lost the common touch or the respect and affection of the people.
Her art is invariably straightforward, and her cheery persona puts her in the company of such charismatic performers as mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, with whom she shares the common touch.
He displays the common touch in his Psalm against the Donatists by writing it in a style that the common people could understand and sing.
Above all, he was a Pontiff who had the common touch - at ease with workmen and nurses, kings and presidents.
In this cynical, celebrity-obsessed day and age of 'the people's' this and the people's' that , the former prime minister really did possess, and bring to the highest office in the land, the common touch in a way very few of his predecessors could hope to match, and in consequence was loved and respected for it by the people.
Evidence that I lacked the common touch continued to mount.