touch up
transitive verb Date: 1703 1. to improve or perfect by small additional strokes or alterations ; fix the minor and usually visible defects or damages of 2. to stimulate by or as if by a flick of a whip

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  • touch up — {v.} 1. To paint over (small imperfections.) * /I want to touch up that scratch on the fender./ * /The woodwork is done, but there are a few places he has to touch up./ 2. To improve with small additions or changes. * /He touched up the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • touch up — {v.} 1. To paint over (small imperfections.) * /I want to touch up that scratch on the fender./ * /The woodwork is done, but there are a few places he has to touch up./ 2. To improve with small additions or changes. * /He touched up the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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