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- (idiomatic) The personal quality of showing understanding of and sympathy for the concerns of ordinary people; rapport with and acceptance by ordinary people, usually in a celebrity or leader.
- 1895, Rudyard Kipling, If—:
- If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;
. . .
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it
- 1996 May 4, Eric Schmitt, “New Top Admiral to Push Wider Combat Role for Women”, in New York Times, retrieved 16 October 2013:
- The admiral is the first enlisted man to lead the Navy, and Navy aides are busy cultivating his image as a four-star officer with a common touch.
- “common touch”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.