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the common touch

The ability of a wealthy, elite, or powerful person to communicate with and resonate with so-called common people. He was supposed to have the common touch needed to resonate with Middle America, but when he wasn't able to answer a simple question about the price of milk, a lot of voters started to see him as a phony.
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the common touch

COMMON If someone in a position of power has the common touch, they are able to communicate well with ordinary people. Although he was born into wealth, he prides himself on having the common touch. Everyone agrees that he is one of their most talented politicians but he lacks the common touch.
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the common touch

the ability to get on with or appeal to ordinary people.
An obsolete sense of common (which comes from Latin communis meaning ‘affable’) may have influenced this phrase, as may a Shakespearean phrase used in his play about the great exponent of the common touch, King Henry V , on the eve of the battle of Agincourt: ‘a little touch of Harry in the night’.
1910 Rudyard Kipling If If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch …
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the ˌcommon ˈtouch

the ability of a powerful or famous person to talk to and understand ordinary people: Despite being one of the richest and most famous women in the world, she never lost the common touch.
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