Idioms

Origin of show

before 900; (v.) Middle English showen, s(c)hewen to look at, show, Old English scēawian to look at; cognate with Dutch schowen, German schauen; (noun) Middle English s(c)hew(e), derivative of the v.
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Synonym study

24, 25. Show, display, ostentation, pomp suggest the presentation of a more or less elaborate, often pretentious, appearance for the public to see. Show often indicates an external appearance that may or may not accord with actual facts: a show of modesty. Display applies to an intentionally conspicuous show: a great display of wealth. Ostentation is vain, ambitious, pretentious, or offensive display: tasteless and vulgar ostentation. Pomp suggests such a show of dignity and authority as characterizes a ceremony of state: The coronation was carried out with pomp and ceremonial.
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British Dictionary definitions for show up (1 of 2)

show up

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

British Dictionary definitions for show up (2 of 2)

show

/ (ʃəʊ) /

verb shows, showing, showed, shown or showed


noun

See also show off, show up

Word Origin for show

Old English scēawian; related to Old High German scouwōn to look, Old Norse örskār careful, Greek thuoskoos seer
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Medicine definitions for show up

show

[ shō ]

n.

The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.

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Idioms and Phrases with show up (1 of 2)

show up

1

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


2

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

3

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

4

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]

Idioms and Phrases with show up (2 of 2)

show

In addition to the idioms beginning with show

  • show and tell
  • show must go on, the
  • show off
  • show of hands
  • show one's colors
  • show one's face
  • show one's hand
  • show one's heels
  • show one's teeth
  • show one's true colors
  • show signs of
  • show someone the door
  • show someone the ropes
  • show someone a good time
  • show someone out
  • show the way
  • show the white feather
  • show to advantage
  • show up

also see:

  • bare (show) one's teeth
  • dog-and-pony show
  • false colors, show
  • for show
  • get the show on the road
  • go to show
  • know (show) the ropes
  • one-man show
  • road show
  • run the show
  • steal the show
  • (show one's) true colors

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