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touchy-feely

  (informal)
expressing a lot of emotion easily, often by touching people with your hands, in a way that some people think is embarrassing He's one of those touchy-feely people who are always putting their arms round you. They run a support group for people who've recently been divorced - it's very touchy-feely.

touchy-feely

mod. very sensitive and empathetic; pretentiously compassionate. Marge is so touchy-feely. She worries that anything she says may possibly offend someone.
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Touching is a form of friendship and bonding and the British are the least touchy in the world, while the Europeans, especially the French and Italians, are very tactile," he comments.
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But he has always been touchy, thin-skinned and allergic to any criticism.