to reveal or be revealed clearly
(tr) to expose or reveal the faults or defects of by comparison
(tr) informal to put to shame; embarrass: he showed me up in front of my friends
(intr) informal to appear or arrive
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How to use show up in a sentence
Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.
How the hell does somebody show up at a David Duke organized event in 2002 and claim ignorance?No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference | Tim Mak | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“You may be the only person at that rally,” Bratton said of those who planned to show up.
In the mid-1990s, some visitors did begin to show up due to the construction efforts of Osama Bin Laden.
The indicted are not going to show up at the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh to surrender to federal marshals.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable | Gordon G. Chang | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
"I thought probably some more of our friends would show up," he said, after a quick survey.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Curt as is the cable it has yet scope to show up a little more of our great K.'s outfit.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
You can imagine how much court'd be held if all white suspects was to be let go on their word that they'd show up for trial.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
The duke was thinking he'd been doing pretty well till the king come to show up, but after that he didn't think so so much.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
What we want is to go out of here quiet, and talk this show up, and sell the rest of the town!Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Other Idioms and Phrases with show up
Be clearly visible, as in The print doesn't show up against this dark background. [Late 1800s]
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