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I imagine he was asked by the author to touch up "Pericles."

He was always willing to touch up this man's play or write in an act for that one.

Want me to touch up them cheeks with a mite of this red paint?

Lady Archibald asked him if he was going to touch up her portrait at the last sitting.

Shakspeare might surely be allowed to touch up scenes, of which the mass might be written by Fletcher.

They "touch up" their tresses with acids terrific enough to remove the spots of a leopard.

An amusing story has come to me of an artist who was employed to touch up a large painting in an old church.

With a similar snapper did Mr. Fogg touch up each one of his stories of success.

It takes quite an artistic touch to darken the brows and touch up the lashes.

"If your father really had an otter, he would show it to us," he added, speaking to his wife and trying to touch up Fourchon.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.

Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.

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