a (new) 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! Wow, I had no idea how much a new lick of paint would brighten up this space! This place is in good shape already, but a lick of paint and some other cosmetic upgrades would turn it into a real gem.
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. I'm so sick of these superhero movies. Every one's the same as the last, just with a new lick of paint!
See also: lick, of, paint
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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.
See also: lick, of, paint
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