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show up



Definitions

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show up
     1. v. (intransitive) To appear, arrive, or attend, especially suddenly or erratically.
           Please come on time; don't just show up whenever you feel like it.
           No matter how many I throw away, more copies always show up.
           Stains show up easily on this white tablecloth.
     2. v. (transitive, idiomatic) To make visible or expose faults and deficiencies in, usually by comparison.
           I finished in five minutes and she showed me up by finishing in three.
           I bet the Jayhawk fast break could show up the Nimrod's lack of speed.
     3. v. To make visible; to expose.
Analysis
show
     1. v. To display, to have somebody see (something).
           The car's dull finish showed years of neglect.
           All he had to show for four years of attendance at college was a framed piece of paper.
     2. v. To bestow; to confer.
           to show mercy; to show favour; (dialectal) show me the salt please
up
     1. adv. Away from the surface of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
           I looked up and saw the airplane overhead.
     2. adv. (intensifier) Used as an aspect marker to indicate a completed action or state Thoroughly, completely.
           I will mix up the puzzle pieces.
           Tear up the contract.

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Example Sentences

I wish you girls would keep me posted if you can't show up
It's right next to all of the studios, so you never know who is going to show up
Majestic may show up any time. 
Makes his buns show up nice and round. 
Its white flowers do not show up well, but they have all the fragrance you could wish for. 

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