show up

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
1 : arrive, appear
  • showed up late for his own wedding
2 : to be plainly evident

Examples of show up in a Sentence

  1. normally, one doesn't see them, but the actress's wrinkles show up in the close-ups

  2. the band showed up an hour late

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First Known Use of show up

1812


Law Dictionary

showup

noun show·up \ ˈshō-ˌəp \
: 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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