touché

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tou·ché

 (to͞o-shā′)
interj.
Used to acknowledge a hit in fencing or a successful criticism or an effective point in argument.

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

touché

(tuːˈʃeɪ)
interj
1. (Fencing) an acknowledgment that a scoring hit has been made in a fencing competition
2. an acknowledgment of the striking home of a remark or the capping of a witticism
[from French, literally: touched]

tou•ché

(tuˈʃeɪ)

interj.
1. (an expression used to indicate a hit or touch in fencing.)
2. (an expression used for acknowledging a telling remark or rejoinder.)
[1920–25; < French: literally, touched]
Translations

touché

[tuːˈʃeɪ] EXCL¡dices bien!

touché

interj (Fencing) → Treffer; (fig inf)eins zu null für dich (inf)

touché

[tuːˈʃeɪ] excltoccato!
References in classic literature ?
As the younger girls stand together, giving the last touches to their simple toilet, it may be a good time to tell of a few changes which three years have wrought in their appearance, for all are looking their best just now.
The departing ladies who had said they would stay didn't, of course, thank heaven, stay: they departed, in consequence of arrangements made, in a rage of curiosity, as they professed, produced by the touches with which he had already worked us up.
In the vignettes and other embellishments of some ancient books you will at times meet with very curious touches at the whale, where all manner of spouts, jets d'eau, hot springs and cold, Saratoga and Baden-Baden, come bubbling up from his unexhausted brain.
No matter with what solemnities he may have been devoted upon the altar of slavery, the moment he touches the sacred soil of Britain, the altar and the God sink together in the dust, and he stands redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled, by the irresistible genius of universal emancipation.
discoloring and disfiguring whatever it represents, and transforming everything it touches into a monster.
I could not answer that question, and I feared that Captain Nemo would rather take us to the vast ocean that touches the coasts of Asia and America at the same time.
It is necessary, however, to dissociate the man from his poetry, and Sung Chih-Wen's poetry often touches a high level of inspiration.
But the scullery you would not care to see; it is greasy, dirty, and odoriferous, while the stairs are in rags, and the walls so covered with filth that the hand sticks fast wherever it touches them.
Those slight words and looks and touches are part of the soul's language; and the finest language, I believe, is chiefly made up of unimposing words, such as "light," "sound," "stars," "music"--words really not worth looking at, or hearing, in themselves, any more than "chips" or "sawdust.
His features were so entirely destitute of expression that I could not help saying to myself--helplessly, as if in the clutches of a night-mare-- "they are only penciled in: no final touches as yet
His thoughts and beauties are so spread abroad that one touches them everywhere; one is intimate with him by instinct.
And your majesty touches precisely the question," replied Athos, "for without the miracle of which I have had the honor to speak, General Monk would probably have remained an implacable enemy of Charles II.