turn up

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turn up (third-person singular simple present turns up, present participle turning up, simple past and past participle turned up)

  1. (intransitive) To show up; to appear suddenly or unexpectedly.
    Is this your pencil that turned up in my drawer?
    I don't like people turning up without an appointment.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 16
      Highly providential was the appearance on the scene of Corny Kelleher when Stephen was blissfully unconscious but for that man in the gap turning up at the eleventh hour the finis might have been that he might have been a candidate for the accident ward...
  2. (transitive) To increase the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light.
    Turn up the radio and sing along.
  3. (transitive) To reposition by rotating, flipping, etc. upwards.
    He turned up his collar against the cold.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To belay or make fast a line on a cleat or pin.
    Turn up the main halyard.

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  • In senses 2, 3 and 4 the object is normally a thing, not a person. It may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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turn up (plural turn ups)

  1. A stroke of good luck.

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