See also: showup
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- (intransitive) To appear, arrive, or attend, especially suddenly or erratically.
- Please come on time; don't just show up whenever you feel like it.
- No matter how many I throw away, more copies always show up.
- 2021 November 2, Jim Tankersley; Katie Rogers; Lisa Friedman, quoting Joe Biden, “With Methane and Forest Deals, Climate Summit Offers Hope After Gloomy Start”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- “We showed up. We showed up,” Mr. Biden said at a news conference at the United Nations summit on climate change, known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. “The fact that China is trying to assert, understandably, a new role in the world as a world leader, not showing up? Huh. The single most important thing that’s gotten the attention of the world is climate.”
- (intransitive) To be easily visible; to be conspicuous.
- Stains really show up on this white tablecloth.
- (transitive) To make visible; to expose.
- This bright light shows up the dust in the corners of the room.
- I bet the Jayhawk fast break could show up the Nimrod's lack of speed.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To make visible or expose faults and deficiencies in, usually by outdoing, outperforming, or outcompeting another.
- I finished in five minutes and she showed me up by finishing in three.
- 2014, Daniel Taylor, "World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark," guardian.co.uk, 20 June:
- His team were not outclassed but, once again, England have reminded us of their habit of being shown up as soon as they face half-decent opposition and one or two authentic category-A footballers.
- (expose faults): The object is normally a person rather than a thing.
- (appear): turn up
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