Definition of the common touch in US English:

the common touch

phrase

  • The ability to get along with or appeal to ordinary people.

    • ‘He has that common touch that many politicians lack.’
    • ‘Mick Hurley was held in genuinely high esteem by his work colleagues, being noted as a considerate and approachable man who had the gift of the common touch.’
    • ‘Made-for-media photo ops are the aim of this game, but politicians long ago lost the common touch, the ability to relate to everyday people.’
    • ‘He was one of those unique people who became very successful but never lost the common touch.’
    • ‘Another millionaire playboy - Forbes put his personal wealth at $225 million - still has the common touch.’
    • ‘All were undoubtedly taken by the President's amiable nature and her remarkable ability for the common touch among young and old alike.’
    • ‘He is a wooden, boring, uninspiring, unconvincing orator, who completely lacked the common touch or any real ability to communicate with voters.’
    • ‘Unlike some religious and other leaders, the late pontiff never lost the common touch - a quality which distinguishes great leaders from poor ones.’
    • ‘She is, it said, the ‘darling of the Edinburgh chattering classes’ and, as such, ‘may lack the common touch which is needed to attain truly mass appeal’.’
    • ‘If the Party is to have universal appeal, and to win back the floating vote, (desperate to find a straw to cling to), we need someone with the common touch.’