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    Smile you touched it with a

    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    I am trying to figure out what completes this sentence:

    You touch[ed] it with a
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    You touched it in a

    meaning someone has broken up some bad news, unexpected news, getting right to the point.

    Have you ever heard of such sentence?


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    Default Re: you touched it with a

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    I am trying to figure out what completes this sentence:

    You touch[ed] it with a
    or
    You touched it in a

    meaning someone has broken up some bad news, unexpected news, getting right to the point.

    Have you ever heard of such sentence?


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    Hi, marciobarbalho - you'll need to give more information because both these sentence beginnings could be correct.

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    Default Re: you touched it with a

    This thread is 18 days old, I never thought someone would bring it back to the surface!

    You touched it with a needle!


    something like that, meaning "well observed"! I heard it on an English TV serie, "Rome", like a few days ago. Not sure I spelled it right!

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    Default Re: you touched it with a

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    This thread is 18 days old, I never thought someone would bring it back to the surface!

    You touched it with a needle!


    something like that, meaning "well observed"! I heard it on an English TV serie, "Rome", like a few days ago. Not sure I spelled it right!
    Yes, sorry - I don't come on line very often!

    How about "to touch a nerve" which means to cause an emotional reaction because what you said is close to the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaykaylam View Post
    Yes, sorry - I don't come on line very often!
    Dont worry!

    How about "to touch a nerve" which means to cause an emotional reaction because what you said is close to the truth.


    I guess the first sentence is closer in meaning to what I asked previously. But... thanks.

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    Yes, I think jaykaylam's suggestion comes closest; 'touch a nerve', or - if slightly more hostile - 'hit a nerve'. But, as the context was Rome I imagine the writer wanted to avoid reference to medical knowledge that the Romans may not have had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes, I think jaykaylam's suggestion comes closest; 'touch a nerve', or - if slightly more hostile - 'hit a nerve'. But, as the context was Rome I imagine the writer wanted to avoid reference to medical knowledge that the Romans may not have had.
    Romans at that age were very.. brute... doctors usually made medical procedures with rudimentary tools, which was just washed after a procedure by a boy who was usually son to the doctor.
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    I needle could touch a nerve or something with its same size.

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    Also, the writer may have been aware of the Latin expression rem acu tangere [='to touch the matter with a needle']. But that phrase wasn't used so much to refer to touching on a sensitive topic; it meant 'to hit the nail on the head' - to go right to the heart of the matter; to make an acute observation.

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