Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

touch base with

touch base with
1) to have contact with, to reach out, to communicate with somebody
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    • touch base with someone/about something
  • Analysis
    This idiom means to contact somebody briefly. The most common reasons for wanting to 'touch base' with someone are to find out how they are doing, what they think about something, or to update them or receive an update about something. ‘Touch base’ can also refer to renewing contact with a person you have not communicated with for a while, like an old friend. This expression can be used in a social context but is more common in a professional one, particularly in the corporate world where it has become increasingly popular. In work, you might 'touch base' with someone to find out what is happening or how something is developing. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'drop a line,' 'check-in with,' and 'reach out to.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I need to touch base with Mary to see if she can still make it to dinner on Friday.
    2. Did you touch base with Paul to ask him if you could borrow the van?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I haven't heard from Janet in a while. I think I'll touch base with her and see what she's working on.
    2. I saw your profile on LinkedIn and I wanted to touch base with other people working in the same industry.
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