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Definition of show up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

show up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
 (informal) to arrive where you have arranged to meet somebody or do something It was getting late when she finally showed up.

show up

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show somethingup

 
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to become visible; to make something become visible a broken bone showed up on the X-ray The harsh light showed up the lines on her face.
  1. 1(British English, informal) to make somebody feel embarrassed by behaving badly He showed me up by snoring during the concert.
  2. 2to make somebody feel embarrassed by doing something better than them Don’t worry about being shown up by the kids—they’ve always used computers.
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