I've seen that 'at a glance' is a quite widely used in many texts. However, it refers to eye or optical something whatsoever. - Sorry, I'm not a native speaker ;(. I'd like to apply it to touch sensation.

Just like "at a glance", which means "If you see something in a very short time", I'd like to use "at a touch" to express "If you touch something in a very short time, you can feel something something something."

I googled "at a touch" to find out if it reflects my idea, but it seems it is uncommon to use it. Finally I got into this site, then I clicked previous question "What does 'touch' mean in “It opened at a touch”?" to check if my idea is ok to go, but context there seems little bit different from my intention.

Example: "At a glance, you can feel exotic color, at a touch, you feel extreme comfort."

Does it sound so weird to native english users?

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    You need to provide context. Your example of it opened at a touch is fine. But if that's not how you want to use it yourself, then how do you want to use it? May 21, 2019 at 14:56
  • It reads like a cheesy advertisement, but I think that is what you want? When following "at a glance", meaning is obvious.
    – Stuart F
    Jan 12 at 12:21
  • TBH, the whole thing is a bit odd. Perhaps employ a native speaker with experience in advertising. Straplines/slogans are generally very brief, punchy, and memorable. Not an entire story!
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 12 at 13:12

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It would be odd because it's already part of another idiom,

At the touch of a button

You use this to indicate that some mechanical or electronic device does all the actual work, and all a person needs to do is activate the system.

The new Kitchen Buddy is so intelligent, that, at the touch of a button, it can prepare a full seven-course meal and do all the washing up.

We would need more context to say what would sound right, but some suggestions:

At the briefest touch ...

With just a touch (of your hand) ...

The lightest touch was enough ...

and various others.

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    Thanks for giving me reasons why the expression I intended to use is odd. Let me clarify my idea with an example, "At a glance, you can feel exotic color, at a touch, you feel extreme comfort." Might be weird in this sense as well? May 21, 2019 at 16:24
  • @YunHwanKim because it's parallel phrasing its fine.
    – Andrew
    May 21, 2019 at 20:36
  • Please always give examples up front. I have edited your question. Nov 18, 2020 at 11:33

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