show up

showed up; shown up or showed up; showing up; shows up

Definition of show up

transitive verb

1 : to expose or discredit especially by revealing faults showed them up as frauds … it showed him up for the irrelevant and offensive person he really is…— Owen Bennett
2 : to embarrass or cause to look bad especially by comparison trying to show up the boss The offensive line has been sub par with the defensive line showing them up for at least a few days.— James Anderson
3 : reveal showed up my ignorance

intransitive verb

1a : arrive, appear showed up late for his own wedding Hundreds of tourists showed up, wearing bright sweaters, even though it was warm.— Tony Earley
b : to become involved with others and make an active contribution But what we have to remind ourselves, and each other, is that our democracy only works for us if we show up.— America Ferrera also : to provide help and support for someone If you're in a position to defend and protect someone who is a victim of abuse, then do it… Show up for them. — Sa'iyda Shabazz
2 : to be plainly evident … [Woody Hayes] cared so much about people. That showed up in the way he did things in the community, the way he lent his name to charity events.— Kyle Rowland

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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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Porsche says the Cayenne S coupe will start showing up at dealerships in the fall alongside the base and Turbo coupes. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Porsche Cayenne S Coupe Would Get Goldilocks's Approval," 14 May 2019 The service is free and does not show up on any bills. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Team Up to Launch Shout, a Crisis Text Line," 9 May 2019 Due to the resolution of the satellite images, smaller burial mounds from about three to five meters (9.8 to 16.4 feet) in diameter didn’t show up or were too hard to distinguish from rock outcrops and other natural terrain. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 Some financing options don’t show up in this data because the financing company’s name would appear in billing statements instead of Peloton’s. Rani Molla, Recode, "Peloton now has more U.S. customers than SoulCycle, new data suggests," 3 Dec. 2018 Locals point you to places that just do not show up online. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Won't Find Matthew Kneale's Rome on TripAdvisor," 27 July 2018 But the Turnpike Troubadors, the other opening act, didn't show up for the closing number. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Opens Up on Stage About Putting Her 'Sad' Feelings Into Her Music," 20 July 2018 Vogueworld Lolo Zouaï, the Rising French-Algerian Singer, Has a Real Knack for Thrifting When Lolo Zouaï’s team booked her first tour—a quick spin through Paris, London, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles—she was convinced no one would show up. Vogue, "Lolo Zouaï, the Rising French-Algerian Singer, Has a Real Knack for Thrifting," 12 Apr. 2019 That really helps with the lap marks and imperfections that sometimes won’t show up until the end. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You've Ever Needed to Know About Painting Your Ceilings," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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