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"touchy" in British English

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touchyadjective

uk   us   /ˈtʌtʃ.i/
easilyoffended or ​upset: You have to be ​careful what you say to Kevin - he's ​rather touchy. She's very touchy about the ​fact that her ​wife was ​married before. needing to be ​dealt with ​carefully: This is a touchy subject/​issue/​point, so we'd ​betteravoid it.
touchily
adverb uk   us   /-ɪ.li/
touchiness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
Everyone is ​aware of the touchiness of the ​situation (= that it ​needs to be ​dealt with ​carefully).
(Definition of touchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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touchyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈtʌtʃ·i/
easily angered or made ​unhappy: She’s touchy about ​peopleborrowing her ​books. A touchy ​subject or ​situation is one that must be ​dealt with ​carefully: Politics can be a very touchy ​subject in some ​families.
(Definition of touchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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