Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

out of touch

out of touch
Meaning(s)
1) no longer in contact or communicating with somebody
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional HighSocial
    • I've been out of touch with him/her lately
  • Analysis
     The idea of being 'out of touch' emphasizes a disconnection from somebody or something. Therefore, this expression can be used when we want to say that we haven't been in contact with somebody for a long time. The term is sometimes hyphenated when used before a noun and can be used in both a social and professional context.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sorry I've been out of touch lately. I've just been very busy with work.
    2. I've been out of touch with Trevor since I left school. I wonder what he's doing these days?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Tom has been out of touch with the people in that department since the dispute arose.
    2. I was out of touch during the meeting because I told my secretary to hold all my calls until it was finished.
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2) not informed or up to date with something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • your ideas are old-fashioned and out of touch
  • Analysis
     Another way to use 'out of touch' is to refer to somebody who is not knowledgeable about or up to date with current attitudes, trends, or a particular situation. You might say that your parents are out of touch with modern technology if they haven't kept up with advances in computers or smartphones.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. You are so out of touch - I can't believe you don't own a smartphone!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The boss is very blunt and fixed in his ways. His out-of-touch attitude is harming the business.
    2. Your ideas are so out of touch with what our customers want. That's why sales have dropped so dramatically.
    3. I missed a week of work so I'm a bit out of touch at the moment. Can you fill me in on what I missed so I can get up to speed? 
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