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English definition of “turn-up for the book(s)”

turn-up for the book(s)

UK (US one for the books)
a surprising or unexpected event : Well, that's a turn-up for the books - I never thought he'd get the job .Surprising and shockingMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of turn-up for the book(s) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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