turn-up for the books
- Alternative form of
2010, Nick Kent, Apathy for the Devil, ↑ISBN, page 189:
- What a turn-up for the books: the prettiest boy in the seventies pop stratosphere had prematurely gone to fat.
2011, Nina Bawden, A Nice Change, ↑ISBN:
- What a turn-up for the books, Portia thinks, what a lark!
2013, Scarlett Bailey, Just for Christmas, ↑ISBN, page 8:
- 'Well now, that's a turn-up, Eddie Godolphin said, settling himself back into the only comfortable chair in the minuscule room. He picked up the plate of scones and stuffed one whole into his mouth. “That's a real turn-up for the books.' Or at least that was what Alex thought he said; it was hard to tell through the crumbs, cream and jam.