[ tuhch-uhp ]
/ ˈtʌtʃˌʌp /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for touch-up

  • Pour clean water over it and touch-up the paper everywhere with a ball of fine cloth stuffed with horsehair.

  • Touch-up the wet paper with the rag till every bit of type has taken red color.

  • In the end old Jack promised the paint a touch-up, privily resolving to do the work himself in his evenings.

    Tales of Mean Streets|Arthur Morrison

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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