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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Dig those costumes out of the back of your closet and show up in character for a chance to win a prize. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 And then, Thursday came, and hundreds of children and adults showed up at once, hoping to cash in on luxury teddy bears that normally come with luxury price tags. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Build-A-Bear promotion made families wait hours – and then it closed," 12 July 2018 Cattle egrets are rare here, but a wandering bird shows up every few years. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 About 15 minutes go by and another officer shows up. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Body cam footage reveals details of Cardinals GM Steve Keim's DUI arrest," 11 July 2018 On the day the government rushed to reunite dozens of families separated at the border, one immigrant father showed up to a federal appointment downtown fearful that he would be deported without his 6-year-old son. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "'You don’t love me anymore?': A son is separated from his father at the border, then comes a wrenching call," 11 July 2018 The infection occurs in the small intestine and symptoms usually show up about seven days after the parasite is ingested. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Here Are the Symptoms of Cyclosporiasis, the Illness Linked to Recalled Vegetable Trays," 9 July 2018 The infection first gained prominence in the United States during an outbreak in the mid-1990s, and has shown up nearly every year since, the CDC said. Mihir Zaveri,, "Vegetable trays linked to outbreak," 7 July 2018 That was the year after three judges were compelled to resign after substance abuse scandals — two drove under the influence of alcohol or prescription medication and one showed up drunk on the bench. Rafael Olmeda,, "Thirteen Broward judges leaving the bench in 2018," 6 July 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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