- a person who makes a reservation and neither uses nor cancels it.
- a person who purchases an admission ticket and doesn't use it.
- any absentee.
- not appearing as scheduled or expected.
Origin of no-show
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- a person who fails to take up a reserved seat, place, etc, without having cancelled it
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Word Origin and History for no-show
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