Meaning of “turn-up for the book(s)” in the English Dictionary

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"turn-up for the book(s)" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “turn-up for the book(s)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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