contact


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to contact: contact dermatitis

be in contact with (one)

To communicate with one. Has anyone been in contact with grandma since the storm hit? Don't worry, I'll be in contact with you once I have some more information.
See also: contact

bring (someone or something) into contact with (someone or something)

1. To introduce someone to someone else so that they can communicate in the future. My best friend wants to get fit, so I brought her into contact with my personal trainer.
2. To cause something to physically touch something else. This usage can refer to both people and things. Don't bring that wire into contact with this one! I start sneezing any time I am brought into contact with pollen.
See also: bring, contact

come in(to) contact

1. Literally, to touch someone or something. Jill got chicken pox too after coming in contact with her cousins while they were sick. Be careful not to come into contact with that plant—it's poison ivy.
2. To encounter someone or something. I'd never come into contact with this theory before, but it's pretty interesting.
See also: come, contact

contact with (one)

Communication with one. Has anyone had contact with Grandma since the storm hit?
See also: contact

have contact with (one)

To communicate with one. Has anyone had contact with Grandma since the storm hit?
See also: contact, have

in contact with (one)

Communicating with one. Has anyone been in contact with Grandma since the storm hit? Don't worry, I'll be in contact with you once I have some more information.
See also: contact

lose contact (with one)

To unintentionally decrease frequency of communication (with one) over time until no further contact takes place. Unfortunately, my college roommate and I lost contact over the years, so I have no idea how she's doing now. I lost contact with Tina after she moved to Alaska. The last I heard, she was still living out there.
See also: contact, lose

make contact with (someone or something)

1. To communicate with someone. Has anyone made contact with Grandma since the storm hit?
2. To touch someone or something. Be careful not to make contact with that plant—it's poison ivy. We have a massive leak because the construction crew made contact with a pipe while drilling in our basement.
3. To engage with an unknown entity for the first time. Do you think we'll ever make contact with intelligent life? The government strictly forbids anyone from making contact with the indigenous tribe.
See also: contact, make

no plan survives contact with the enemy

Military plans always need to be changed once they are enacted in real-life military situations. The saying emphasizes the need for flexibility, as opposed to strict adherence to strategy. It is attributed to Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, a 19th-century Prussian field marshal. Men, be ready to make changes on the battlefield—we all know that no plan survives contact with the enemy.
See also: contact, enemy, no, plan, survive

point of contact

A person or entity one can seek to access information or services. Our account manager Sarah will be your new point of contact moving forward if you need any information about your account. The consulate should be your first point of contact should you need any assistance during your travels.
See also: contact, of, point
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring someone or something into contact with someone or something

to cause things or people to touch or associate with one another. She hasn't been the same since I brought her into contact with the child who had chicken pox. Don't bring your hand in contact with the poison ivy. Don't bring him into contact with Fred.
See also: bring, contact

come in(to) contact

 (with someone or something)
1. Lit. to touch someone or something, probably unknowingly. How many people have come into contact with the sick man? He came in contact with almost no one.
2. Fig. to meet up with and learn about someone or something. Have you ever come into contact with trigonometry before? I have never come in contact with anything so difficult.
See also: come, contact

*contact with someone a link to someone

resulting in communication. (*Typically: be in ~; have ~; make~.) I have had no contact with Bill since he left town. Tom made contact with a known criminal last month.
See also: contact, link

in contact (with someone or something)

communicating with someone or a group; to share information with someone or a group. I have been in contact with our supplier, who will deliver the part next week. I am in contact with the Senate committee now.
See also: contact

lose contact with someone or something

 and lose touch with someone or something
[for communication with someone or a group] to fail or fade away; to let one's friendship or relationship with someone or a group lapse. I hope I don't lose contact with you. I don't want to lose touch with my old friends.
See also: contact, lose
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˌpoint of ˈcontact

a place where you go or a person that you speak to when you are dealing with an organization: The receptionist is the first point of contact most people have with the clinic.
See also: contact, of, point

lose ˈtouch/ˈcontact (with somebody/something)

not write/speak to somebody or not hear/read about somebody/something as you did in the past: She lost touch with most of her old friends when she moved to London.
See also: contact, lose, touch
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Corporate Cleaning Group Franchise Systems LLC, Livonia, Mich., Contact Devin Dollar
FasTracKids International Ltd., Greenwood Village, Colo., Contact Kevin Krause
Pet Care, Inc., Berkeley, Calif., Contact Paul Mann
Contact: Joyce Jobgen, 24800 Sage Creek Road, Scenic, SD 57780-6706; (605) 993-6201; Booth: 98
Contact: Lance Zimmerman, 206 Riffel Road, Wooster, OH 44691; (330) 345-0801; Booth: 10
Contact: Tracy Taylor Grondine, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C.
The ramifications of this law are so severe, in fact, that we caution all contractors to receive advice of counsel before attempting to contact a state agency during a "black out period."
The law also requires such governmental agencies to designate a person who generally may be the only staff member contacted relative to a particular procurement during the restricted period.
In addition, state agencies must obtain information from bidders about any findings of non-responsibility made within the previous four years by any other governmental entity and if the finding of non-responsibility was due to: (1) engaging in impermissible contacts during a black out period, or (2) intentional provision of false or incomplete information to a governmental agency.
19TH COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION ASSN.--September 8-9, 2006, Waynesville, Missouri, Contact Tom Ebrite, Phone (765) 286-4906, Email s2snoopy@comcast.net.
1ST BATTALION 8TH CAV 1ST CAM DIV (VIETNAM)--August 9-13, 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada, Contact Jim Knafel, Phone (260) 244-3864, Email jlknafel@myvine.com.
Wednesday at Greenlife Tailgate Market Where: Greenlife Grocery, just past the 1-240 connector, slightly north of downtown When: Wed 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Contact: (828) 622-3647
When: Wed 3:30 PM-6:30 PM Contact: Jenifer Miller at (828) 689-4505
Social capital could be a significant factor in explaining the employment problems of persons with disabilities if (1) differences in job contact networks affect the chances of employment for persons with a disability in the same way they do for persons without a disability, and (2) the job contact networks of persons with a disability tend to be at a disadvantage relative to those of the general population.
Potts, Carey, Bryen, and Cohen (under review) found that job contact networks did impact employment among persons with serious speech disability who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology.