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