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phrasal verb

  • 1Be conspicuous or clearly visible.

    ‘this liquid shows up on the x-ray’
    • ‘The mounds at Heath Wood were highly visible, showing up black against the surrounding red-coloured soils.’
    • ‘He figured the sadness from his own heart would be showing up clearly in his own face.’
    • ‘Next to lakes and rivers, railways also showed up clearly; so did large roads.’
    • ‘Two other items that had not shown up from a distance were visible, an old comb and a cassette tape.’
    • ‘They are a light beige and the dirt shows up very clearly.’
    • ‘‘Traditional colours such as navy blue, dark grey or black remain popular, because dirt shows up more clearly on lighter-coloured school bags,’ he observes.’
    • ‘Maybe you've put lights on your bike or you wear clothes that show up in the dark?’
    • ‘We were asked to supply and fit markings for a fleet of vans which the client wanted to show up in the dark for various reasons.’
    1. 1.1show someone or something up, show up someone or somethingMake someone or something conspicuous or clearly visible.
      ‘a rising moon showed up the wild seascape’
      • ‘So obviously they need a bit of shade to show them up to best advantage.’
      • ‘I've processed the scan in a slightly different way to show them up, but you can see that apart from the corners, the evenness is not too bad.’
      • ‘The procedure involves putting a tube into the heart via an artery in the arm or leg, and injecting a liquid into the coronary arteries which shows them up when viewed with X-rays.’
      • ‘These can be shown up by light microscopy, sometimes with appropriate use of polarized light.’
      • ‘The dry patches are shown up by the dye.’
  • 2 informal Arrive or turn up for an appointment or gathering.

    • ‘two days later, we showed up at her house’
    • ‘Sometimes you show up for an appointment and they've forgotten, or don't have the time.’
    • ‘He waits in a Montreal bar for a meeting with a Russian cosmonaut and painter, who never shows up.’
    • ‘She hits on a solution when Jane shows up at work distraught, followed soon by a concerned Vin.’
    • ‘That night, the boy shows up at the girl's parents' house and meets his girlfriend at the door.’
    • ‘His work there is done, he says, but he still shows up to use the desk and phone.’
    • ‘I think of the U.S. law that says a hospital has to treat anyone who shows up on its doorstep.’
    • ‘As Martin suspected, once word gets around a huge turnout shows up for the new play.’
    • ‘Jon's sister, who happens to be a labor and delivery nurse at another hospital, shows up.’
    • ‘He shows up for work, sits in his trailer until he's called, does his bit and goes home.’
    • ‘The guy who sits next to you shows up late, and he doesn't even get a verbal warning.’
  • 3show someone or something up, show up someone or somethingExpose someone or something as being bad or faulty.

    • ‘it's a pity they haven't showed up the authorities for what they are’
    expose, reveal, bring to light, lay bare, make visible, make obvious, manifest, highlight, pinpoint, put the spotlight on
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    1. 3.1show someone up, show up someone informal Embarrass or humiliate someone.
      • ‘she says I showed her up in front of her friends’
      humiliate, humble, mortify, bring down, take down, bring low, demean, expose, show in a bad light, shame, put to shame, discomfit, disgrace, discredit, downgrade, debase, degrade, devalue, dishonour, embarrass
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