lose one's touch

lose touch

1. To no longer communicate with someone regularly. In this usage, "lose touch" is a set phrase. 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 noun or pronoun is used between "lose" and "touch." The students no longer listen to my threats—I must be losing my 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