touch-me-not

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n touch-me-not prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled
    • n touch-me-not Mediterranean vine having oblong fruit that when ripe expels its seeds and juice violently when touched
    • n touch-me-not North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Touch-me-not (Bot) See Impatiens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n touch-me-not A plant of the genus Impatiens, especially I. Nolitangere, so called because the ripe seed-vessel explodes at the touch.
    • n touch-me-not In medicine, a tubercular affection, occurring especially about the face; noli-me-tangere; lupus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Touch-me-not a plant of genus Impatiens: lupus
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. toucher—from Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to move, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

But you would miss me, Tom: and I could not be happy touching True.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
At first Ali would not touch it, but on seeing me take it, he at length overcame his scruples.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
And as for her aunts, let me tell you you are not worthy to touch the hem of their garments.
"Aunt Judith" by Grace Beaumont
I felt the bear touch me too, but I am not scratched.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
Why would you not touch me?
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Have a care as you walk with me that you do not come against me, or touch me even with a finger.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
She said that she hated me, and would not touch it.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
I make you an offer: if you can touch me, the money is yours; and, mark well, not only half, but the whole of it!
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
He does have rather a touch-me-not, speak-to-me-never manner.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
She would not let me touch her, but there was a great light in her eyes.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
It fell near me, but it did not touch me.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Dare not to touch me.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
Were it not for my boy bringing me scraps of news now and again, I should indeed feel out of touch with the world.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
If they end by shooting me they'll not touch the idea even then.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
You can't touch me where I'm not shot!
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
He dare not touch me, for the army's mine!
"Semiramis and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan
And now when God comes to touch me and draw me, he seeks to devour me; but he shall not have me.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
Graeme, I promise, that till I see you again I shall not taste nor touch that which so degraded me in your eyes.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
The man touched his hat, although I was sure he did not know me.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Still it was not for me to divulge Mariamne's secret, and I could not even touch upon my own.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
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In poetry:

No sympathy with mine they show,
Their world is not the same;
They move me not with joy or woe,
They touch me not with blame.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Come not to me with hot delight,
And touch this moveless clay,
Lest my poor heart that knows the night
Awake and feel the day.
"Cold!" by Leon Gellert
I give my heart for a tender word,
For a gentle look or touch,
And the one who has it never knows
And it does not hurt me much.
"Charmian’s Song" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Only you must not shoot me through the head,
Nor touch my heart;
Because my head is full of the ways of you
And my heart is dead.
"Handing Over The Gun" by Edward Powys Mathers
Bring not your dreams to me--
Blown dust, and vapour, and the running stream--
Saying, "He, too, doth dream,
Touched of the moon."
"The Broker Of Dreams" by Richard Le Gallienne
Give me the wreath of friendship true,
Whose flowerets fade not in a breath:
From memory gaining many a hue,
To bloom beyond the touch of death.
"Epistle to a Friend" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Not knowing what to expect at Brunch at Sarah's, just the name itself caused me to conjure ideas of what it might be: a small establishment with a delicate and feminine touch or a quaint place with a cottage look.
"You pinched me," she says and the pap responds "I did not even touch you.".
Last week, a swingers' club in New York City got in touch with me —no, not to invite me to join, but to get an advance peek at footage they took of Lisa Ling taping one of their parties.
"This poem touched me so bad I could not sleep I cried," Wallace said.
Via Facebook, which still confounds me, I reached out and touched someone I've not seen in 40 years.
It allows me to type feverishly on a tiny touch screen and more often than not, corrects misspelled words and typos that are hard to avoid when my thumbs move faster than my brain.
If I teach her that I'm in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she's going to replace me with some other man when she goes ...
All my friends tell me I will not like the Windows 8 system because like I am not a techie — no smartphone, no iPad, no touch-screen monitor, etc.
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