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touch up

1. verb To fix minor flaws in or make minor changes to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "touch" and "up." I'd just like to touch up my makeup before we leave. All you need to do is touch the wall up with a bit of spackle and paint, and it will be as good as new!
2. noun A minor change or fix. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The cover is almost ready, it just needs a few touch-ups before we send it to the printer.
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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

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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It is, however, in need of a few decorative touchups according to auctioneers Loveitts.
Root TouchUps: L'Oreal Paris Root Rescue, $8; Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up, $7.
An inside mirror and two mini brushes make applications and touchups easy.
Makeover TooLs, such as the Thinify and Eye Drop, allow for touchups. The Auto-Preserve Originals option encourages making experimental changes without worrying about losing the original image.
This technology is said to provide excellent release ease and extends periods between spray touchups, according to the manufacturer.
Consumers do two types of cleaning and buy separate products for quick touchups and heavy deep-cleaning, and X-14 has items for both needs.