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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"Increased usage means that there is inevitable wear and tear but this is something we can manage if we pull together and give a little scrub here, a lick of paint there and generally lavish a little TLC on the facility so many of us use so regularly.
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.
1 Give wooden cabinet doors an instant lift with a lick of paint or change the handles.
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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.
THE quickest and easiest way to revamp a room is it give it a lick of paint. But not everyone is confident when it comes to choosing colours.
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.