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verb (adverb)

to reveal or be revealed clearly
(tr) to expose or reveal the faults or defects of by comparison
(tr) informal to put to shame; embarrasshe showed me up in front of my friends
(intr) informal to appear or arrive



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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
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Idioms and Phrases with show up

show up


Be clearly visible, as in The print doesn't show up against this dark background. [Late 1800s]


Put in an appearance, arrive, as in I wonder if he'll show up at all. [Late 1800s]


Expose or reveal the true character of, as in This failure showed up their efforts as a waste of time. [Early 1800s]


Also, show someone up. Surpass someone in ability, outdo someone, as in John's high score on that math test really showed up the rest of the class. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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