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touch on (something)

To discuss or deal with some topic informally or in passing. We'll touch on the matter later in the meeting, so let's stay focused on the issue at hand. She touched on the problem, but she didn't get a chance to explain exactly what had happened. The movie touches on themes of loneliness and grief, but doesn't make them the central focus of the characters.
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touch (up)on something

Fig. to mention something; to talk about something briefly. In tomorrow's lecture I'd like to touch on the matter of taxation. The teacher only touched upon the subject. There wasn't time to do more than that.
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touch on something

Fig. to mention something; to talk about something briefly. In tomorrow's lecture I'd like to touch on the matter of taxation. The teacher only touched on the subject. There wasn't time to do more than that.
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touch on

Also, touch upon.
1. Mention briefly or casually in passing, as in He barely touched on the subject of immigration. [First half of 1600s]
2. Approach closely, verge on, as in This frenzy touched on clinical insanity. [Early 1800s]
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touch on

or touch upon
v.
1. To deal with some topic in passing: The speech touched on all the important issues but never really discussed them.
2. To relate to someone or something; concern someone or something: The problem of poverty touches on every level of society.
3. To approach the nature or condition of something; come close to something: The fan's excitement touched on clinical insanity.
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If there is any attempt to reject this path, it will touch upon China's core interests.
The questions touch upon all central themes, including transportation, venue planning, security, accommodations and the environment.
Her decision to weave in poems that touch upon broader experiences helps the collection feel complete.
The pathological extensions of love not only touch upon but overlap with normal experience," goes the neatly summarizing thesis of Enduring Love (quoted, apparently, from an actual British Journal of Psychiatry article), a statement that evokes the irritatingly schematic quality Ian McEwan's books sometimes have.
There's very little that Lehrer didn't touch upon musically - from racism and scouting to pollution and bomb testing - and ``Tomfoolery'' is filled with almost every one of his songs.
Donno does not detail the translator's art as revealed in these texts, although she does touch upon certain metrical characteristics of Reynolds' translation of the Aminta, for example.
The speech will also touch upon the new backup paradigm of televaulting -- a concept in which a utility service provisioning model is used to deliver distributed backup and restore operations.
Education would touch upon all aspects of housing: the physical plant (including electrical and thermal installations), administration and the importance of labor union relations.
At the heart of Every Tongue Got to Confess is acclaimed author, anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston's compilation of Negro folktales that are sure to touch upon a host of sensibilities.
Rodgers will touch upon Cypress's ties with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani and its strategy for India, vis-a-vis increased globalization of the semiconductor industry and the shortage of engineering talent.
Although most of the essays touch upon the best-known cases of police abuse of blacks during the late 1990s, including the beating of Abner Louima and the vicious killing of Amadou Diallo in New York, they also deliver historic perspectives that are not often a part of our thinking when we consider police brutality.