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See also: showup
- (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.
- (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.
- 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.
- (transitive) To make visible; to expose.
- (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.
- (appear): turn up
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