show up

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This page is about the phrasal verb show up.

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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