show up


Definition of show up 

transitive verb

1 : to expose or discredit especially by revealing faults showed them up as frauds

2 : to embarrass or cause to look bad especially by comparison trying to show up the boss

3 : reveal showed up my ignorance

intransitive verb

1 : arrive, appear showed up late for his own wedding

2 : to be plainly evident

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Examples of show up in a Sentence

normally, one doesn't see them, but the actress's wrinkles show up in the close-ups the band showed up an hour late

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Symptoms can show up anywhere from one to 10 days after exposure, the CDC says. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce: Health Officials Have Issued a Massive Recall," 20 Nov. 2018 SoftBank, though, has kept a very low profile during the controversy, declining to say for a long time whether Son would even show up at the conference. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Masayoshi Son finally spoke about the murder of a Saudi Arabian dissident.," 5 Nov. 2018 The midterms are a historically unpopular kind of election, with about 40 percent of the voting-age population actually showing up to cast their ballot, according to FairVote. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "How to Get to the Polls on Election Day for Free, or Close to It," 19 Oct. 2018 If only Cutler could find the time between strategically placing orange cones to stop his wife’s employees from parking on his lawn and showing up 20 minutes early to pick his kids up for school. David Haugh,, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018 Hundreds of miles to the south, by the Aegean Sea in southern Greece, agriculturalists were reaping and sowing 500 years before the Anatolians showed up. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Some drivers roll up in a leisurely frame, stretching their legs and lingering in hopes that a friend or familiar face will show up to chat. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 While Partridge, Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag and even Justin Bobby showed up, a couple of key players were missing from the ranks. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Whitney Port Confirms She's Coming Back for 'The Hills: New Beginnings'," 22 Aug. 2018 Instant Costumes: If your friends show up without a costume (lame!), be prepared with instant masks. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of show up

1812, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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show·​up | \ˈshō-ˌəp\

Legal Definition of showup 

: a presentation of a criminal defendant or arrestee individually to a witness for identification — compare lineup

Note: A showup identification may withstand a due process challenge when there is an emergency situation, when the presentation is accidental, or when otherwise the totality of the circumstances render it justifiable.

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