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"Touch base" - Phrase of the week

Common English saying and phrases explained to help you understand the language a little better!

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Phrase       Touch base    
Examples
  • Can we meet in the canteen to touch base before you go home?
  • Hi mum, just calling to touch base, give me a call back when you can.
  • We need to touch base after the meeting to decide what to do next.
Meaning
  • Meet / speak to someone for a short time to
  • Check everything is ok
  • Share information
Uses
  • It is used quite widely in spoken English in informal situations.
  • You often use this phrase when you haven’t spoken to the other person for a period of time if you want to know that everything is ok and find out any new information.
That's interesting!
  • A base is also a military term, used for the centre of operations during a military exercise. Soldiers go out to fight / find intelligence, then all return to base to share what they have found out and plan their next move.

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