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touch something up

to fix up the minor flaws in something; to repair a paint job on something. It's only a little scratch in the finish. We can touch it up easily. Tom touched up the scrape with a little paint.
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touch up something

also touch something up
to improve something by making small changes We didn't redo the kitchen, just really touched it up by painting the cabinets. Chris went to the ladies' room to touch up her makeup.
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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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touch up

v.
To improve something by making minor corrections, changes, or additions: I touched up the nicks in the paint to prevent the metal from rusting. The author touched an old essay up and submitted it for publication.
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For chic touch ups you can't beat glam Estee Lauder Compacts.
Guests lined up to receive makeup artist touch ups, beauty advice and a goody bag full of the brand's top selling products.
Here again, another potential source of contention will be when building trades people later return to the premises for touch ups, fulfilling a punch list, plumbing, or electrical work and more.
Featuring complete make-overs to touch ups, all clients are treated to educated, experienced professionals offering upscale customer service in an intimate setting, without the intimidation of a department store setting, helping customers achieve their best look.
What: Eat, drink and shop at this holiday party featuring complimentary polish changes, smooth-outs and makeup touch ups as well as a holiday photo booth.
Each bag comes with a pocket mirror for last-minute touch ups, and will be signed by Elizabeth Hurley herself.