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
Recent Examples on the Web Shaheen, who has nine catches for 74 yards this season, was a healthy scratch for the game and showed up on the injury report for the first time this week Thursday. Colleen Kane,, "Bears running back David Montgomery sits out practice after he ‘lightly rolled’ his ankle," 14 Nov. 2019 Only one person showed up to his launch event in Philadelphia, as well as just one reporter. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mark Sanford suspends Republican primary challenge," 12 Nov. 2019 During the fifth annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York on Thursday, Kanye West surprised the crowd by showing up for a panel discussion along with Yeezy head footwear designer Steven Smith, in their first public outing together. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Self-Identified "Christian Genius Billionaire" Kanye West Talks 2024 Presidential Run, Algae Sneakers," 8 Nov. 2019 Vitamin E acetate was the only substance tested for that showed up in all 29 samples. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vitamin E acetate found in all lung fluid samples tested from injured vapers," 8 Nov. 2019 On November 5th congressmen lambasted ByteDance for not showing up to a hearing. The Economist, "TikTok’s silly clips raise some serious questions," 7 Nov. 2019 Cynthia Aboujaoude, a 28-year-old senior art director in graphic design, showed up to protests in Beirut wearing Joker makeup. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "In protests around the world, one image stands out: The Joker," 3 Nov. 2019 With apathy and frustration setting in, how many fans show up for those lackluster opponents could make things look even worse for MSU. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football: After second bye in three weeks, what to watch vs. Illinois," 3 Nov. 2019 Others face eviction threats from landlords who have wearied of the police showing up. Anne Deprince, The Conversation, "Don’t make intimate violence victims look for help – research shows they fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of show up

1812, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of show up was in 1812

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18 Nov 2019

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“Show up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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