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turn up for the book



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turn up for the book (plural turn ups for the book)

  1. (idiomatic) a very unexpected, usually pleasant, surprise.
    When it was finally time to board, we got on the train to find out that we’d been put in business class. This was a turn up for the book, reclining seats and room to stretch out a little.
    • 1987: Edward Dryhurst, Gilt Off the Gingerbread
      Her mother kept well away from us, which was a turn up for the book, and for the time being at any rate, I was a model husband.
    • 2011, Michael Frayn, My Father's Fortune: A Life, ↑ISBN, page 104:
      All these turn ups for the book had lasting consequences.
    • 2013, David Stuart Davies, A Taste for Blood, ↑ISBN:
      'Well, boyo, this is a turn up for the book,' observed my friend David Llewellyn without a trace of irony. 'I never expected to wind up in a hospital bed next to you.'

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