One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a ship) call briefly at (a port)‘before returning to Denmark, he touched at Sandwich’
- ‘No fleet can possibly sail to or return from India without touching at some proper place for refreshment, and, in time of war, it must be equally necessary for protection.’
- ‘His great fleet touched at the Orkneys, moved south to the Tyne to join with Tostig, and then entered the Humber, menacing York.’
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