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Nelson touch Line breaks: Nel¦son touch

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Definition of Nelson touch in English:


(the Nelson touch) British
A masterly or sympathetic approach to a problem.
Example sentences
  • In this 200th anniversary year of the battle of Trafalgar - and in the shadow of HMS Victory - there will be the inevitable Nelson touch to this year's awards dinner.
  • As this week sees the 200th anniversary of the famous battle in which the Admiral died, much will be written about his valorous naval exploits: the ‘Nelson touch’, ‘England Expects’ and all that.
  • Good morning, Ginnie, and always ready for work - this is the Nelson touch and activity indeed, but now in a very peaceful way!


Early 19th century: with allusion to the skills of Admiral Horatio Nelson, Horatio.

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