a touch of something

a small amount of a quality

"You seem really interested," he said with a touch of irony.

add/bring a touch of something:

Winter flowers add a welcome touch of colour to the garden.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • in touch with something — in touch (with (something)) having recent knowledge about something. I try to keep in touch with the latest developments in the music scene. A president must stay in touch to know what citizens want or need. Opposite of: out of touch (with… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (a) touch of something — a touch of something phrase a small amount of a quality ‘You seem really interested,’ he said with a touch of irony. add/​bring a touch of something: Winter flowers add a welcome touch of colour to the garden. Thesaurus: small amounts of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in touch with something — in touch with (something) be out of touch with (something) to not have recent knowledge about a subject, a situation, or people s opinions. I try to stay in touch with what s going on in the arts world …   New idioms dictionary

  • lose touch with something — lose touch (with something) phrase to not know the most recent information about something, so that you no longer understand it completely I’ve lived in the US for 10 years, so I’ve somewhat lost touch with British politics. Thesaurus: to not… …   Useful english dictionary

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