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show up

(also show) informal
phrasal verb with show uk   /ʃəʊ/  us   /ʃoʊ/ verb (showed, shown)
B1 to ​arrivesomewhere in ​order to ​join a ​group of ​people, ​especially late or ​unexpectedly: I ​invited him for eight o'clock, but he didn't show up until 9.30. We were ​expecting 30 ​people to come, but ​half of them never showed up.

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"show up" in American English

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show up

phrasal verb with show  us   /ʃoʊ/ verb
  • (ARRIVE)

to ​arrive for a ​gathering or ​event: He showed up late for the ​meeting.

show up

phrasal verb with show  us   /ʃoʊ/ verb
  • (APPEAR)

to ​appear or be ​seen: The ​virus does not show up in ​bloodtests.
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