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 for Touch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Touch \Touch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Touched; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Touching.] [F. toucher, OF. touchier, tuchier; of Teutonic
     origin; cf. OHG. zucchen, zukken, to twitch, pluck, draw, G.
     zukken, zukken, v. intens. fr. OHG. ziohan to draw, G.
     ziehen, akin to E. tug. See Tuck, v. t., Tug, and cf.
     Tocsin, Toccata.]
     1. To come in contact with; to hit or strike lightly against;
        to extend the hand, foot, or the like, so as to reach or
        rest on.
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              Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
              Touched lightly.                      --Milton.
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     2. To perceive by the sense of feeling.
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              Nothing but body can be touched or touch. --Greech.
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     3. To come to; to reach; to attain to.
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              The god, vindictive, doomed them never more
              Ah, men unblessed! -- to touch their natal shore.
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     4. To try; to prove, as with a touchstone. [Obs.]
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              Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed. --Shak.
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     5. To relate to; to concern; to affect.
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              The quarrel toucheth none but us alone. --Shak.
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     6. To handle, speak of, or deal with; to treat of.
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              Storial thing that toucheth gentilesse. --Chaucer.
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     7. To meddle or interfere with; as, I have not touched the
        books. --Pope.
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     8. To affect the senses or the sensibility of; to move; to
        melt; to soften; especially, to cause feelings of pity,
        compassion, sympathy, or gratitude in.
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              What of sweet before
              Hath touched my sense, flat seems to this and harsh.
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              The tender sire was touched with what he said.
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     9. To mark or delineate with touches; to add a slight stroke
        to with the pencil or brush.
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              The lines, though touched but faintly, are drawn
              right.                                --Pope.
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     10. To infect; to affect slightly. --Bacon.
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     11. To make an impression on; to have effect upon.
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               Its face . . . so hard that a file will not touch
               it.                                  --Moxon.
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     12. To strike; to manipulate; to play on; as, to touch an
         instrument of music.
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               [They] touched their golden harps.   --Milton.
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     13. To perform, as a tune; to play.
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               A person is the royal retinue touched a light and
               lively air on the flageolet.         --Sir W.
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     14. To influence by impulse; to impel forcibly. " No decree
         of mine, . . . [to] touch with lightest moment of impulse
         his free will," --Milton.
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     15. To harm, afflict, or distress.
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               Let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do
               us no hurt, as we have not touched thee. --Gen.
                                                    xxvi. 28, 29.
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     16. To affect with insanity, especially in a slight degree;
         to make partially insane; -- rarely used except in the
         past participle.
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               She feared his head was a little touched. --Ld.
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     17. (Geom.) To be tangent to. See Tangent, a.
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     18. To lay a hand upon for curing disease.
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     19. To compare with; to be equal to; -- usually with a
         negative; as, he held that for good cheer nothing could
         touch an open fire. [Colloq.]
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     20. To induce to give or lend; to borrow from; as, to touch
         one for a loan; hence, to steal from. [Slang]
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     To touch a sail (Naut.), to bring it so close to the wind
        that its weather leech shakes.
     To touch the wind (Naut.), to keep the ship as near the
        wind as possible.
     To touch up, to repair; to improve by touches or
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Touch \Touch\, n. [Cf. F. touche. See Touch, v. ]
     1. The act of touching, or the state of being touched;
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              Their touch affrights me as a serpent's sting.
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     2. (Physiol.) The sense by which pressure or traction exerted
        on the skin is recognized; the sense by which the
        properties of bodies are determined by contact; the
        tactile sense. See Tactile sense, under Tactile.
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              The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine. --Pope.
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     Note: Pure tactile feelings are necessarily rare, since
           temperature sensations and muscular sensations are more
           or less combined with them. The organs of touch are
           found chiefly in the epidermis of the skin and certain
           underlying nervous structures.
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     3. Act or power of exciting emotion.
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              Not alone
              The death of Fulvia, with more urgent touches,
              Do strongly speak to us.              --Shak.
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     4. An emotion or affection.
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              A true, natural, and a sensible touch of mercy.
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     5. Personal reference or application. [Obs.]
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              Speech of touch toward others should be sparingly
              used.                                 --Bacon.
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     6. A stroke; as, a touch of raillery; a satiric touch; hence,
        animadversion; censure; reproof.
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              I never bare any touch of conscience with greater
              regret.                               --Eikon
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     7. A single stroke on a drawing or a picture.
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              Never give the least touch with your pencil till you
              have well examined your design.       --Dryden.
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     8. Feature; lineament; trait.
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              Of many faces, eyes, and hearts,
              To have the touches dearest prized.   --Shak.
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     9. The act of the hand on a musical instrument; bence, in the
        plural, musical notes.
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              Soft stillness and the night
              Become the touches of sweet harmony.  --Shak.
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     10. A small quantity intermixed; a little; a dash.
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               Eyes La touch of Sir Peter Lely in them. --Hazlitt.
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               Madam, I have a touch of your condition. --Shak.
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     11. A hint; a suggestion; slight notice.
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               A small touch will put him in mind of them.
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     12. A slight and brief essay. [Colloq.]
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               Print my preface in such form as, in the
               booksellers' phrase, will make a sixpenny touch.
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     13. A touchstone; hence, stone of the sort used for
         touchstone. [Obs.] " Now do I play the touch." --Shak.
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               A neat new monument of touch and alabaster.
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     14. Hence, examination or trial by some decisive standard;
         test; proof; tried quality.
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               Equity, the true touch of all laws.  --Carew.
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               Friends of noble touch .             --Shak.
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     15. (Mus.) The particular or characteristic mode of action,
         or the resistance of the keys of an instrument to the
         fingers; as, a heavy touch, or a light touch; also, the
         manner of touching, striking, or pressing the keys of a
         piano; as, a legato touch; a staccato touch.
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     16. (Shipbilding) The broadest part of a plank worked top and
         but (see Top and but, under Top, n.), or of one
         worked anchor-stock fashion (that is, tapered from the
         middle to both ends); also, the angles of the stern
         timbers at the counters. --J. Knowles.
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     17. (Football) That part of the field which is beyond the
         line of flags on either side. --Encyc. of Rural Sports.
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     18. A boys' game; tag.
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     19. (Change Ringing) A set of changes less than the total
         possible on seven bells, that is, less than 5,040.
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     20. An act of borrowing or stealing. [Slang]
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     21. Tallow; -- a plumber's term. [Eng.]
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     In touch
         (a) (Football), outside of bounds. --T. Hughes.
         (b) in communication; communicating, once or repeatedly.
     To be in touch,
         (a) to be in contact, communication, or in sympathy.
         (b) to be aware of current events.
     To keep touch.
         (a) To be true or punctual to a promise or engagement
             [Obs.]; hence, to fulfill duly a function.
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                   My mind and senses keep touch and time. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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         (b) To keep in contact; to maintain connection or
             sympathy; -- with with or of. Also
     to keep in touch.
     Touch and go, a phrase descriptive of a narrow escape.
     True as touch (i. e., touchstone), quite true. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Touch \Touch\, v. i.
     1. To be in contact; to be in a state of junction, so that no
        space is between; as, two spheres touch only at points.
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     2. To fasten; to take effect; to make impression. [R.]
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              Strong waters pierce metals, and will touch upon
              gold, that will not touch upon silver. --Bacon.
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     3. To treat anything in discourse, especially in a slight or
        casual manner; -- often with on or upon.
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              If the antiquaries have touched upon it, they
              quitted it.                           --Addison.
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     4. (Naut) To be brought, as a sail, so close to the wind that
        its weather leech shakes.
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     To touch and go (Naut.), to touch bottom lightly and
        without damage, as a vessel in motion.
     To touch at, to come or go to, without tarrying; as, the
        ship touched at Lisbon.
     To touch on or To touch upon,
        (a) to come or go to for a short time. [R.]
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                  I made a little voyage round the lake, and
                  touched on the several towns that lie on its
                  coasts.                           --Addison.
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        (b) to discuss briefly, as only a small part of a

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the event of something coming in contact with the body; "he
           longed for the touch of her hand"; "the cooling touch of
           the night air" [syn: touch, touching]
      2: the faculty by which external objects or forces are perceived
         through contact with the body (especially the hands); "only
         sight and touch enable us to locate objects in the space
         around us" [syn: touch, sense of touch, skin senses,
         touch modality, cutaneous senses]
      3: a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm
         in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
         [syn: touch, trace, ghost]
      4: a distinguishing style; "this room needs a woman's touch"
         [syn: touch, signature]
      5: the act of putting two things together with no space between
         them; "at his touch the room filled with lights" [syn:
         touch, touching]
      6: a slight but appreciable amount; "this dish could use a touch
         of garlic" [syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch,
         jot, speck, soupcon]
      7: a communicative interaction; "the pilot made contact with the
         base"; "he got in touch with his colleagues" [syn: contact,
      8: a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism"
         [syn: touch, spot]
      9: the act of soliciting money (as a gift or loan); "he watched
         the beggar trying to make a touch"
      10: the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin;
          "she likes the touch of silk on her skin"; "the surface had
          a greasy feeling" [syn: touch, touch sensation, tactual
          sensation, tactile sensation, feeling]
      11: deftness in handling matters; "he has a master's touch"
      12: the feel of mechanical action; "this piano has a wonderful
      v 1: make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch
           the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
      2: perceive via the tactile sense; "Helen Keller felt the
         physical world by touching people and objects around her"
      3: affect emotionally; "A stirring movie"; "I was touched by
         your kind letter of sympathy" [syn: touch, stir]
      4: be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to
         her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
         [syn: refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to,
         bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with]
      5: be in direct physical contact with; make contact; "The two
         buildings touch"; "Their hands touched"; "The wire must not
         contact the metal cover"; "The surfaces contact at this
         point" [syn: touch, adjoin, meet, contact]
      6: have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?" [syn:
         affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on,
      7: deal with; usually used with a form of negation; "I wouldn't
         touch her with a ten-foot pole"; "The local Mafia won't touch
      8: cause to be in brief contact with; "He touched his toes to
         the horse's flanks"
      9: to extend as far as; "The sunlight reached the wall"; "Can he
         reach?" "The chair must not touch the wall" [syn: reach,
         extend to, touch]
      10: be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton
          for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that
          of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only
          matches that of her parents" [syn: equal, touch,
          rival, match]
      11: tamper with; "Don't touch my CDs!" [syn: touch, disturb]
      12: make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to
          the problem but did not mention it" [syn: allude, touch,
      13: comprehend; "He could not touch the meaning of the poem"
      14: consume; "She didn't touch her food all night" [syn:
          partake, touch]
      15: color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the
          leaves were tinged red in November" [syn: tint, tinct,
          tinge, touch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  532 Moby Thesaurus words for "touch":
     ESP, Roman candle, ability, abut, access, adjoin, adroitness,
     affect, aid to navigation, alarm, alight, allegory, allude to,
     allusion, amber light, amount to, answer, answer to, appertain to,
     apply, apply to, apprehend, approach, arcane meaning, arouse, art,
     assumption, attouchement, background, background detail, balance,
     balefire, be aware of, be conscious of, be sensible of, beacon,
     beacon fire, beak, bear on, bear upon, beat the drum, beautify,
     beg, begin, bell, bell buoy, belong to, bit, blinker, blow,
     blue peter, border, borrow, break even, bring in, bring up, brush,
     brush by, bum, bunt, buoy, butt, cadge, cantando, capability,
     caress, carry, cast, cause, caution light, characteristic,
     chromesthesia, chuck, color hearing, coloration, coloring,
     come home to, come in contact, come near, come to, come together,
     come up to, commerce, communicate, communication, communion,
     compare with, concern, congress, connect, connection, connotation,
     consume, contact, contingence, conversation, converse, correspond,
     correspond to, correspondence, cover, dab, dash, deal with,
     dealing, dealings, decorative composition, decorative style,
     deftness, demilegato, design, detail, detonate, dexterity, dip,
     disturb, ditto, draw, drink, drop, eat, employ, enhance, equal,
     even, even off, examine, exchange, exchange colors, excite,
     execution, experience, expertise, expression, facility, feel,
     feel of, feeling, figure, fillip, finger, fingering, fire,
     five senses, flag, flag down, flair, flare, flash, flick, flip,
     flirt, float a loan, fog bell, fog signal, fog whistle, foghorn,
     foil, foment, fondle, foreground detail, form, genius, get,
     get a loan, get on credit, get to, gift, give a signal,
     give rise to, give the nod, glance, gleam, glissando, go deep,
     go light, go through one, gong buoy, graze, green light, grieve,
     hail, hail and speak, half-mast, hand, handle, hang,
     have connection with, hear, hearing, heliograph, high sign, hint,
     hit, hit one for, hit up, hoist a banner, idea, ignite, impassion,
     impinge, impingement, impingence, implication, implied meaning,
     import, impress, inference, influence, information, infusion,
     initiate, inkling, innuendo, inspect, inspire, instigate,
     interaction, interchange, intercommunication, intercommunion,
     intercourse, interest, interfere with, international alphabet flag,
     international numeral pennant, interplay, intimation, intonation,
     investigate, involve, ironic suggestion, join, jot, junction,
     keep pace with, kick, kiss, knack, knot, land, larceny, leer,
     legato, liaise with, lick, lift, light, line,
     linguistic intercourse, link with, look, make a sign, make use of,
     manner, march, marker beacon, match, match up with, meaning,
     measure up, measure up to, meddle with, meet, melt, melt the heart,
     mention, message, metaphorical sense, method, mezzo staccato,
     mooch, motif, move, movement, music-making, national style,
     negotiate a loan, neighbor, nod, nuance, nudge, occult meaning,
     odor, operation, ornamental motif, osculate, osculation, overtone,
     palm, palpate, palpation, panhandle, parachute flare, parallel,
     parlando, partake of, pass the hat, pat, patch up, pattern, paw,
     pawn, peck, penetrate, perceive, performance, period style,
     pertain to, phonism, photism, pianism, pick, pierce, pilot flag,
     pinch, pizzicato, ply, poke, poke at, police whistle, presumption,
     presupposition, probe, prod, provoke, purloining, put, put to use,
     quarantine flag, quicken, radio beacon, raise, raise a cry,
     raise money, rap, reach, receptor, red flag, red light, refer to,
     regard, relate to, rendering, rendition, renovate, repeated figure,
     repercussion, reply, respect, respond, respond to stimuli,
     response, responsiveness, retouch, rival, rocket, rub, rubato,
     run abreast, run into debt, run to, sadden, sailing aid, salute,
     sauce, scent, scintilla, scrape, scrounge, scrutinize, seasoning,
     see, semaphore, semaphore flag, semaphore telegraph, sense,
     sense organ, senses, sensillum, sensorium, sensory organ, set,
     set in motion, set off, setting, shade, shadow, shave, sideswipe,
     sight, sign, signal, signal beacon, signal bell, signal fire,
     signal flag, signal gong, signal gun, signal lamp, signal light,
     signal mast, signal post, signal rocket, signal shot, signal siren,
     signal tower, signalize, signature, sip, sixth sense, skill, skim,
     skirt, slur, smack, smart, smattering, smell, snap,
     social intercourse, soften, sound an alarm, sound the trumpet,
     soupcon, spar buoy, spark, speak, speaking, speck, speech,
     speech circuit, speech situation, spiccato, spice, spot,
     sprinkling, spruce up, squeak by, staccato, stack up with, start,
     steal, stealage, stealing, stimulate, sting, stir, stop light,
     streak, strike, stroke, style, subsense, subsidiary sense,
     suggestion, sup, supposition, suspicion, sway, symbolism,
     synesthesia, tactility, taction, taint, take, take advantage of,
     talent, talking, tangency, tap, taste, technique, telepathy,
     tempering, tentative contact, texture, the nod, the wink, theme,
     thievery, thieving, thought, thumb, tickle, tie, tie in with,
     tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tip, titivate, touch a chord,
     touch down, touch off, touch on, touch up, touch upon, touching,
     toy with, trace, traffic, traffic light, traffic signal, treat of,
     trick, trigger, truck, twiddle, two-way communication,
     undercurrent, undermeaning, undertone, unfurl a flag, use, verge,
     verge on, vestige, watch fire, wave, wave a flag, wave the hand,
     way, whiff, whisk, white flag, wield, wigwag, wigwag flag, wink,
     yellow flag

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