show up

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show up

  1. (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.
    Stains show up easily on this white tablecloth.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To make visible or expose faults and deficiencies in, usually by comparison.
    I finished in five minutes and she showed me up by finishing in three.
    I bet the Jayhawk fast break could show up the Nimrod's lack of speed.
  3. (transitive) To make visible; to expose.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (expose faults): The object is normally a person rather than a thing and may appear before or after up. However, if the object is a pronoun, then it comes before up.
  • (make visible): The object normally comes after up, even when it is a pronoun.


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