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.

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