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Instances of touching, holding and physical contact - thesaurus

Synonyms

touch

noun

the action of putting your hand or part of your body on someone or something

contact

noun

a situation in which people or things touch each other

hold

noun

the fact that you are holding someone or something

grip

noun

a firm strong hold

tap

noun

the action or sound of touching someone or something gently

handling

noun

the way in which you touch, use, or deal with something, especially with your hands

clutch

noun

a firm hold that you have on someone or something, usually because you are afraid or in pain, or do not want to lose them

pat

noun

the action of gently touching someone or something several times with a flat hand

grasp

noun

a very tight hold of someone or something

brush

noun

a very gentle movement against something

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by the scruff of the/someone’s neck

Britishinformal by the back of the neck

clasp

noun

mainly literary a way of holding something tightly

feel

noun

an act of touching someone or something

fiddle

noun

informal an act of touching, moving, or changing something many times in order to improve it or make it work better

grab

noun

an attempt to take hold of something

hold

noun

a way of holding someone, for example in a sport

lick

noun

the action of licking something

pat

verb

if you pat an animal such as a dog or a horse, you touch it gently several times with a flat hand in a friendly way

scratch

noun

the action of pulling your nails along your skin

stranglehold

noun

a tight hold around someone’s neck that makes breathing difficult

stroke

noun

mainly British a gentle movement of your hand across skin, hair, or fur

tickle

noun

an act of tickling someone

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