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Phrasal Verbs

show up

This page is about the phrasal verb show up

INFORMAL

Meaning

to arrive at an event or a place where people are gathering

Synonym

turn up, appear

For example

  • show up I'm sure some of the people who showed up at our gallery opening were only there for the free drinks.

  • show up Kenny and his friends didn't show up at the party until after midnight.

Note:
Often used in a negative way, to describe people who arrive somewhere late, arrive uninvited, or who arrive in poor condition, such as drunk or poorly dressed.

Quick Quiz

Most of the people who showed up at her party

a. didn't come

b. were too busy

c. weren't invited

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