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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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common touch, the

The ability to appeal to the ordinary person's sensibilities and interests. For example, The governor is an effective state leader who also happens to have the common touch. This phrase employs common in the sense of "everyday" or "ordinary." [c. 1940]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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