from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to make slight corrections or adjustments; to fill in or perfect
  • v. To fondle or to grope someone in flirtatious or sleazy way

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. To make minor improvements in, especially in the appearance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance


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  • Bob had to touch up the exterior paintwork where it was necessary, Jack and Hughie dealt with the woodheap, outbuildings and milking, Stuart tended the vegetables; play compared to the horrors of school.

    The Thorn Birds

  • To call a restroom a lounge is to euphemize euphemism, to touch up the painting of the lily.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • They were all intent as artists at a canvas, Jeendan pouting critically at the mirror and directing the maid to touch up the corner of her mouth; then they all stood back to admire the result before making another titivation — and beyond the purdah her army coughed and shuffled and waited and Maka Khan ploughed on.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • As the women touch up their already perfectly polished whiteness with powder, the camera reveals the restroom’s decorative motif: a series of dancing, dark-skinned, turbaned figures.

    All The Available Light

  • If Simenon is right, which is quite possible, my own character will appear odd and involved beside that famous simplified — or dressed-up — truth of his, and I will look like some peevish fellow trying to touch up his own portrait.

    Maigret's Memoirs


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