[ tuhch-uhp ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌʌp /
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an act or instance of touching up: Her makeup needed a touch-up.
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Origin of touch-up

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase touch up
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British Dictionary definitions for touch-up

touch up

verb (tr, adverb)
to put extra or finishing touches to
to enhance, renovate, or falsify by putting extra touches toto touch up a photograph
to stimulate or rouse as by a tap or light blow
British slang to touch or caress (someone), esp to arouse sexual feelings
noun touch-up
a renovation or retouching, as of a painting
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Other Idioms and Phrases with touch-up

touch up

Make minor changes or improvements, as in This wall needs some touching up but not complete repainting. [Early 1700s]

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