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turn up 1

1Be found, especially by chance, after being lost: all the missing documents had turned up
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  • A large number of dodgy documents have turned up over the last month.
  • As soon as it appeared on some bonus CD, it started turning up in ‘file sharing’ sites.
  • And Plato does not appear to be a nickname; it turns up frequently in the period.
Synonyms
be found, be discovered, be located, come to light;
2Put in an appearance; arrive: half the guests failed to turn up
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  • It took a while for the food to arrive but we had turned up early and didn't mind sitting in the sunshine.
  • You know how it is, wait for ages for something to arrive and several turn up at once.
  • She failed to turn up and the judge issued the present warrant.
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There are 2 main definitions of turn up in English:

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turn-up 2 Line breaks: turn-up
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnʌp/

noun

British
1 (usually turn-ups) The end of a trouser leg folded upwards on the outside.
Example sentences
  • I like turn-ups on the trousers because I feel it's the end of the suit, and if it just stops then you feel like something's missing.
  • He was wearing black lace-up shoes, no socks, greenish-grey trousers with turn-ups and a T-shirt and jumper.
  • He had short cropped hair and was wearing blue stone-washed jeans with turn-ups, dark jacket and white trainers.
2 [in singular] informal An unusual or unexpected event or occurrence; a surprise: fancy you being in New York too—what a turn-up for the books
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  • I did go to my 12 o'clock Political Thought Lecture and so did Barbara, which is really a turn-up for the books.
  • We see him with a girlfriend who he takes to a dinner party to meet the others, which is a bit of a turn-up for the books.
  • Last year it was Spartans who turned out to be the surprise package of the Scottish Cup, so it would be a major turn-up if it was the Glasgow University students who make the grade.

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