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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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And Pannu, Blues' vice chairman executive finance, said: "I have touched base with Alex's representatives.
MASTER of misery and misfortune Lemony Snicket touched base on Tyneside to meet children at a special book signing.
Having "touched base" they may be found "thinking outside the box" as they toiled up their "learning curve".