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touch on

Meaning: to talk briefly about something when speaking or writing about another topic

Synonym: mention

For example:

  • touch on sth The only major issue that the president didn't touch on was increasing health costs.

  • touch on sth The talk was mostly about global warming, but the speaker also touched on several other environmental issues.

Quick Quiz:

In his speech, Karl touched on the issue of human trafficking and spoke about it for
  1. a minute or two
  2. nearly an hour
  3. a really long time

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