a lick of paint

a (new) lick of paint

1. A fresh coat or application of paint. We'll have this place ready for you to move into in no time—spruce up the garden, wash the windows, and slap on a new lick of paint, and you'll be good to go!
2. A refurbishment of something's aesthetic appearance. The car is a little busted up on the outside, but it still runs perfectly fine. It just needs a lick of paint, and it will be as good as new. The video game remake is really just the original game with a new lick of paint—the exact same mechanics, story, enemies, and environments, but with lovely new HD graphics.
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a lick of ˈpaint

(informal) a coat of fresh paint: All this house needs is a good clean and a lick of paint.
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Aye, a lick of paint really is the most cost effective way to create a new look at home.
The iconic bridge - last given a lick of paint 15 years ago - is being painted red and silver to mark its 80th anniversary.
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The 29th/79th Coventry Sea Scouts' base in Cedars Avenue was crying out for a lick of paint to keep pace with more than 200 children who regularly use it for groups like scouts, cubs, brownies and guides.
It is now battling against 10 other organisations from all over the UK in a bid to get a lick of paint.
A community centre has been given a lick of paint and a makeover.
It got a lick of paint a few years ago, but was looking pretty shabby to me on RUK the other day.
All you need is a lick of paint, some greenery and away you go.
So give masonry and wooden panels a makeover too with a lick of paint or a coating of timber spray.
If you're planning on giving the sitting room a lick of paint before the extended family arrives for Christmas, I have a great way to stop paint running down the sides of the tin.