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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.]
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]
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]