Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to acknowledge a hit in fencing or a successful criticism or an effective point in argument.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from past participle of toucher, to hit or wound in fencing, from Old French touchier, to touch; see touch.

Examples

  • Best urinal-Public restroom in a doctors building-a huge thing that protruded 3-4 feet out from the wall that you could straddle, STRADDLE I say, while you found relief.

    Tuesday, Feb. 16 – The Bleat.

  • Mr. Sherman and his wife, Lisa, a pastry chef, came across a nondescript building-a former bodega-near the Manhattan College campus and set about creating a small French-American bistro called the Riverdale Garden.

    Take That, Arthur Avenue! Riverdale Garden Grows in Bronx

  • He's one of the artists who lives in the building-a potter.

    Beyond World's End

  • Mitch screamed silently as he stepped backward, his glazed stare darting back and forth from the burning building-a Styles and Hayden building'to the ambulance speeding off down the street, carrying a severely burned womantothe hospital.

    Emily And The Stranger

  • Slith and the remaining Sivak crept over to the side of the nearest building-a small thatch-roofed storage shed.

    The Doom Brigade

  • Beyond the armory are the foundations of yet another building-a barracks for the new Black Guard of the port town to replace the tents that Quenta and the others are now using.

    The Magic Engineer

  • On the southwest corner of the square was the town's only stone building-a squat, dusty cube with rusty bars on the windows.

    The Waste Lands

  • He felt a pressure building-a real, physical pressure; he had to pop his ears when it began to get painful.

    Burning Water

  • And, Gentlemen, in all seriousness, believe me, nothing has done more to impress the world, outside of your borders, with the stability and the soundness and the wisdom of your building-a slower building, it may be, but a more stable building-than the comparison between the destiny of your financial institutions in the dreadful winter that has passed and the fate that has overtaken, apparently greater institutions in another country.

    The Past and the Present

  • Pisac is in the heart of The Sacred Valley, the market is very traditional and everyone was gawking open mouth at the tourists and the tourists open mouth at the fruit, women in colourful traditional dresses, and oh all the lovely woven mats and bags to buy …. intervowen with reminders of the superstitions of the old Inca people with imiages on some houses and masks on some building-a bit chilling really … ..

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