Meaning of “turn up (somewhere)” in the English Dictionary

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"turn up (somewhere)" in British English

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turn up (somewhere)

phrasal verb with turn uk /tɜːn/ us /tɝːn/ verb

B2 to arrive or appear somewhere, usually unexpectedly or in a way that was not planned:

Do you think many people will turn up?
She turned up at my house late one night.

More examples

  • Hundreds of people turned up to see the ship dock at Southampton.
  • She invited loads of friends to her party, but only a handful of them turned up.
  • He turned up again after a lapse of two years.
  • Mikey turned up with the lost book.
  • Some secret service agents turned up, all wearing the obligatory raincoat and hat.

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