touch (v.) Old form(s): touch'd, toucht
threaten, endanger, imperil
AW II.i.110[Helena to King] hearing your high majesty is touched / With that malignant cause [or: harmed]
Cor III.i.123[Coriolanus to Brutus, of the citizens] Even when the navel of the state was touched, / They would not thread the gates
JC II.i.154[Decius to all] Shall no man else be touched but only Caesar?
KJ V.vii.2[Prince Henry to Salisbury and Bigot, of King John] The life of all his blood / Is touched corruptibly
R3 II.iv.25[York to Duchess of York, of Richard] I could have given my uncle's grace a flout / To touch his growth nearer than he touched mine
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