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Related to touching: touching cloth, touching yourself

be touching cloth

semi-vulgar slang To have a very urgent or desperate need to defecate. (Refers jokingly to one's feces protruding into one's underpants.) Boy, it's a good thing we got home when we did—I was touching cloth on the way here!
See also: cloth, touching

be touching cotton

semi-vulgar slang To have a very urgent or desperate need to defecate. (Refers jokingly to one's feces protruding into one's underpants.) Boy, it's a good thing we got home when we did—I was touching cotton on the way here!
See also: cotton, touching

touch (oneself)

euphemistic slang To masturbate. My ultra-religious aunt scared us silly when we went through puberty with all sorts of myths about what would happen if we touched ourselves.
See also: touch

touch a (raw) nerve

To evoke a strong emotional reaction, such as anger, sadness, or disgust, upon being encountered, heard, read, etc. Your column must have touched a nerve, because we are getting slammed with feedback from readers—and they're not happy. I could tell he was touching a raw nerve when he brought up Jane's former employer and Jane went silent for a moment.
See also: nerve, touch

let alone someone or something

not to mention or think of someone or something; not even to take someone or something into account. (Fixed order.) Do I have a dollar? I don't even have a dime, let alone a dollar. I didn't invite John, let alone the rest of his family.
See also: alone, let

let someone or something alone

 and leave someone or something alone; leave someone or something be
to avoid touching, bothering, or communicating with someone or something. Leave me alone. I don't want your help. Let it alone! Don't touch it! It may be hot!
See also: alone, let

let alone

2. Not to mention, as in We have no room for another house guest, let alone an entire family. [c. 1800]
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let aˈlone

used after a statement to emphasize that because the first thing is not true or possible, the next thing cannot be true or possible either: I wouldn’t speak to him, let alone trust him or lend him money.She didn’t even apologize, let alone offer to pay for the damage.
See also: alone, let

let alone

Not to mention; much less: "Their ancestors had been dirt poor and never saw royalty, let alone hung around with them" (Garrison Keillor).
See also: alone, let
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Touching Down Off the Hurdle must be characterized by sprinting and a clawing back action of the lead leg (Photos 4-7) to a point where the ball of the lead foot touches the ground, with the center of gravity out in front of the contact point.
Unlike traditional punch-card ballots, the touch-screen machines allow voters to change their minds or correct an error simply by touching another choice.
When we hear about parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, and bosses caught touching their children and charges in uninvited, destructive ways, it spooks us all a bit and we get even shyer about touching others.
2,3~ The literature inferred that much of the touching done to the elderly and the dying was "instrumental" (that is, required in the carrying out of tasks) rather than "expressive" (that is, to convey acceptance, nurturing and caring).
Their study, published in the October JOURNAL OF CONSULTING AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, represents a rare attempt to develop guidelines for obtaining information about sexual abuse from children, based on an analysis of youngsters' memories for a real-life situation -- genital touching by a pediatrician during a routine medical exam.
With TouchSense technology, a driver touching on-screen buttons perceives the crisp qualities and particular force and push-away characteristics of physical buttons, providing a more intuitive, natural, and multisensory experience.
In the laboratory, touching a plant's leaves cna elicit the same growth changes as wind and rain.
Pay By Touch speeds up the checkout lanes and gives customers another way to safely pay from their preferred accounts by simply touching a reader at the time of checkout.
o Dial-on-Touch -- For live access to the Internet, Prospector can be programmed to access the Web upon touching a hot key.