Fancy your wanting me to touch up my hair—make it dark at the roots, I suppose, as so many people seem to do!
I imagine he was asked by the author to touch up "Pericles."
I'm going to have to touch up the tresses pretty soon or I won't be a redhead any more.
Want me to touch up them cheeks with a mite of this red paint?
She used a pocket-stick to touch up a spot on his chest where the oil gleam had faded a little.
They "touch up" their tresses with acids terrific enough to remove the spots of a leopard.
"If your father really had an otter, he would show it to us," he added, speaking to his wife and trying to touch up Fourchon.
It takes quite an artistic touch to darken the brows and touch up the lashes.
Examine them at your leisure while I get mother to touch up the kite with her iron if it isn't dry enough yet.
Only—you'll think me no end of a fool—you see, if it is to be for my wife, I'd like you to touch up the profile just a little.
late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.
Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.
c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
The physiological sense by which external objects or forces are perceived through contact with the body.
[touch up variant may be influenced by British touch up, ''to grope a woman'']