Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) a sensitive topic
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her break-up is a touchy subject
A 'touchy subject' is a sensitive or emotive topic. Usually, this idiomatic phrase is used to warn someone not to talk about something emotional, sensitive or in particular company. It is used in professional settings and especially in social situations to warn people not to discuss something or to bring up a specific topic in order to avoid embarrassment or upset.
Social Examples (Basic)
I wouldn't mention money to Paul - he's broke at the moment. It's a touchy subject.
Politics and money are considered touchy subjects to discuss over dinner and are best avoided.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Unions are a touchy subject for many employers.
Asking for more money can be a touchy subject.
Professional Examples (Advance)
It is beneficial for employees dealing with customers and clients in other countries to have some cultural training. This can have the benefit of avoiding any misunderstandings or bringing up any touchy subjects.
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