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1Appear or occur suddenly: these memories can pop up from time to time
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  • There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.
  • Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.
  • So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.
appear, appear suddenly/unexpectedly/abruptly, occur suddenly/abruptly, come into view/sight, materialize, arrive, make/put in an appearance;
come along, happen, emerge, arise, crop up, turn up, present itself, come on the scene, come to light, manifest itself
informal show up
1.1 Computing (Of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.
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  • You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.
  • It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.
  • You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.
2 Cricket (Of a cricket ball) rise sharply off the pitch: the ball pitched outside off and popped up
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  • Several balls have half deceived batsmen and popped up in the air or beaten the bat, but none have yielded a wicket.
  • In other words, excess of momentum in the upward direction, will make the ball pop up and close-in fielders are ever waiting to gobble up those half-chances!
  • Gough's third ball of the innings popped up on Darren Maddy and he presented Darren Lehmann with a simple catch at backward point.
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pop-up 2 Line breaks: pop-up
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒpʌp/


1(Of a book or greetings card) containing folded cut-out pictures that rise up to form a three-dimensional scene or figure when the page is turned.
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  • A pop-up book aimed at adults, this work illustrates in three dimensions every nightmare you've ever had, and some you don't want to know about.
  • Her vision is nihilistic and absurd, yet, in its commitment to small-scale fantasy, an inarguable delight to behold - like a cheeky, philosophical pop-up book.
  • As a result of the performance's intertwined story lines and demanding location changes, the design team decided to model the sets after a children's pop-up book.
1.1(Of an electric toaster) operating so as to push up a piece of toast quickly when it is ready.
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  • The majority of homes already have washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and pop-up toasters.
  • He clicked his fingers for a menu and fiddled with a mobile phone, then started playing with another piece of gadgetry that looked like a combination satellite dish, pop-up toaster and miniature microwave oven.
  • As pop-up toasters are covered under the Quality Control Order, 1981, they have to conform to the safety standards.
1.2 Computing (Of a menu or other utility) able to be superimposed on the screen being worked on and suppressed rapidly.
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  • To me, the selective JPEG compression and the pop-up menu creator are certainly worth the upgrade price.
  • Here's something else to try: right-click on a filename and a small pop-up menu will appear.
  • The form must be created by a program, rather than written as a static document, because it displays pop-up menus of catalogs and items from the database tables.
2Denoting a shop or other business that opens quickly in a temporary location and is intended to operate for only a short period of time: fashion brands have been especially keen on pop-up stores in recent months
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  • From pod hotels to pop-up stores, sensory branding to the Scoubidou craze, the recent pace of invention has been extraordinary.
  • The mobile Champagne bar, referred to as a "pop-up store" in marketing circles - was created to help publicize its brand.
  • In April, after six weeks of planning and scouting locations, the founders launched a pop-up store for Faith & Fortune on a main drag in Beverly.


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1A pop-up picture in a book: each book has a clever pop-up on its last spread
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  • Part of the design aspect of the books included pop-ups.
  • With its glitter and glare, pop-ups within pop-ups, you're guaranteed to fall for this grand book.
  • Around the margins of each spread are smaller ‘books,’ which in turn contain more dinosaur-related pop-ups.
1.1A book containing pop-up pictures: the shop stocks picture books, pop-ups, and children’s cookbooks
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  • It was like I had been transported into a story book, like… like the ones with pop-ups that I used to love so much.
3 Computing A pop-up menu or other utility.
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  • On a mobile device, usability is key when there is so little time or functionality for fiddling with menus, pop-ups or mousing around.
  • Always remember to shut down the card using the pop-up in the Menu bar before you pull it out.
  • It has added pop-up, hierarchical content menus, a key feature of the menu, to its folders.
3.1An unrequested browser window, especially one generated for the purpose of advertising.
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  • Spyware refers to a class of invasive program that generates pop-ups, hijacks user home pages or redirects searches in an attempt to either monitor user activity or bombard surfers with unwanted messages.
  • Under new management, the company is dropping as far as possible graphical advertising, including pop-ups and so-called ‘skyscrapers’, which add clutter.
  • With no advertising pop-ups or spyware, your computer and your privacy will be safe so long as you don't download any dodgy files.
4A pop-up shop or other business.
Example sentences
  • Some brands might not be ready to open a store and pop-ups offer a lot of flexibility.
  • Those last two shops are retail pop-ups, on short leases for the holidays.
  • Years ago, you said, pop-ups were considered a place to test a new retail concept.
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