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touch (oneself)

euphemistic slang To masturbate. My ultra-religious aunt scared us silly when we went through puberty with all sorts of myths about what would happen if we touched ourselves.
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touch a (raw) nerve

To evoke a strong emotional reaction, such as anger, sadness, or disgust, upon being encountered, heard, read, etc. Your column must have touched a nerve, because we are getting slammed with feedback from readers—and they're not happy. I could tell he was touching a raw nerve when he brought up Jane's former employer and Jane went silent for a moment.
See also: nerve, touch

cut someone to the quick

 and cut someone to the bone 
1. Lit. to slice the flesh of someone or some animal clear through to the underlying layer of flesh or to the bone. With the very sharp knife, David cut the beast to the quick in one blow. He cut his finger to the quick with the sharp knife.
2. Fig. to injure someone emotionally. (See also cut something to the bone.) Your heartless comments cut me to the quick. Her remarks cut him to the bone.
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touched by someone or something

Fig. emotionally affected or moved by someone or something. Sally was very nice to me. I was very touched by her. I was really touched by your kind letter.
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touched (in the head)

Rur. crazy. Sometimes Bob acts like he's touched in the head. In fact, I thought he was touched.

cut to the quick

Deeply wound or distress, as in His criticism cut her to the quick. This phrase uses the quick in the sense of a vital or a very sensitive part of the body, such as under the fingernails. It also appeared in such older locutions as touched to the quick, for "deeply affected," and stung to the quick, for "wounded, distressed," both dating from the early 1500s. The current expression was considered a cliché from about 1850 on.
See also: cut, quick

touched by, be

Also, be touched with. Be affected by some emotion, especially a tender feeling like gratitude, pity, or sympathy. For example, She was very touched by his concern for her welfare. This idiom alludes to touching or reaching one's heart, the seat of emotions. [First half of 1300s]
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touched in the head

Also, touched. A little bit crazy, somewhat deranged, as in I think the war left him a little touched in the head. [Late 1800s]
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be touched with something

have a small amount of a particular quality: His hair was touched with grey.Some of her poems are touched with real genius.
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1. mod. flattered; honored. (Standard English.) We were both touched by your thoughtfulness.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. She was acting a little touched, but we didn’t smell anything on her breath.
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Human neonates, preemies, and infants who have been touched and held regularly do much better than those who have not.
How sad that we are being so well educated about how not to touch each other, and getting little assistance learning how to touch and be touched.
Research has shown that among hospitalized patients, the psychotic and the elderly were touched the least.
A new study suggests that sexually abused children may best remember whether their genital area had been touched by an adult if asked directly about such experiences with the help of an anatomically detailed doll.
The devices features a unique 'wake from low power' mode that permits extremely low current consumption, typically 40microA, while retaining excellent normal response time once a key is touched.
Moreover, plants touched twice daily by the researchers did not grow as tall as untouched plants, says Ronald Davis, who reports the work with Janet Braam in the Feb.
The interview was conducted in Persian, and touched on the origin and development of Info Touch Technologies, Info Touch kiosk technology, international deployment issues, cultural and regional sensitivity, the role of Info Touch Internet kiosks globally and in Iran, along with an array of technology development issues.
In these applications, the ADS7846 measures a change in resistance as the screen is touched.
In these applications, the ADS7845 measures a change in resistance as the screen is touched.
In this application, the ADS7843 measures a change in resistance as the screen is touched.
o Larger, Touch-Activated Buttons -- Prospector's large buttons make them easily touched with a finger while creating an interface simple enough for untrained users.
I/O data includes row and column touched, end of scan, reset, counter, etc.
This extra sturdy design virtually eliminates any shaking and movement in the display when it is placed freestanding on a desk or counter and touched.