lose one's touch

lose touch

1. To unintentionally decrease frequency of communication with someone over time until no further contact takes place. Unfortunately, my college roommate and I lost touch over the years, so I have no idea how she's doing now.
2. To no longer be skilled in doing something. In this usage, a possessive pronoun is used between "lose" and "touch." The students no longer listen to my threats—I must be losing my touch. He used to be one of the league's elite shooters, but it seems like he's lost his touch.
See also: lose, touch

lose one's touch

No longer be able to do or handle something skillfully. For example, I used to make beautiful cakes but I seem to have lost my touch, or Dad had a real knack for letting someone down gently, but he's lost his touch. This expression alludes to the older sense of touch as a musician's skill on an instrument or an artist's skill in using a brush or chisel. [First half of 1900s] Also see lose touch.
See also: lose, touch