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show British & World English

Be, allow, or cause to be visible

give the game away British & World English

Inadvertently reveal something secret

on show British & World English

Being exhibited

no-show British & World English

A person who has made a reservation, booking, or appointment but neither keeps nor cancels it

air show British & World English

A show at which aircraft perform aerial displays

chat show British & World English

A television or radio programme in which celebrities are invited to talk informally about various topics

peep show British & World English

A sequence of pictures viewed through a lens or hole set into a box, formerly offered as a public entertainment

quiz show British & World English

A broadcast entertainment programme in which people compete in a quiz, typically for prizes

for show British & World English

For the sake of appearance rather than for use

show off British & World English

Boastfully display one’s abilities or accomplishments

show-off British & World English

A person who acts pretentiously or who publicly parades themselves, their possessions, or their accomplishments

show out British & World English

Reveal that one has no cards of a particular suit

show bag British & World English

A bag of goods, especially trade samples or publicity material, available at events such as annual shows

show bill British & World English

An advertising poster, especially for a theater performance

show pony British & World English

A stylish or flamboyant person, especially a performer, who enjoys being in the limelight

show time British & World English

The time at which a play, film, or concert is scheduled to begin

show tune British & World English

A song from a musical that has become popular in its own right

talk show British & World English

A chat show, especially one in which listeners, viewers, or the studio audience are invited to participate in the discussion

game show British & World English

A television programme in which people compete to win prizes

gang show British & World English

A locally produced variety show performed annually by members of the Scout and Guide Association

ice show British & World English

An entertainment performed by ice skaters

leg show British & World English

A theatrical production in which dancing girls display their legs

raree-show British & World English

A form of entertainment, especially one carried in a box, such as a peep show

good show! British & World English

Used to express approval (or disapproval or dissatisfaction)

show cause British & World English

Produce satisfactory grounds for application of (or exemption from) a procedure or penalty

show house British & World English

A house on a newly built estate which is furnished and decorated to be shown to prospective buyers

show trial British & World English

A judicial trial held in public with the intention of influencing or satisfying public opinion, rather than of ensuring justice

show window British & World English

A shop window looking on to a street, used for exhibiting goods

freak show British & World English

A sideshow at a fair, featuring abnormally developed people or animals

floor show British & World English

An entertainment presented on the floor (as opposed to the stage) of a nightclub, restaurant, or similar venue

trunk show British & World English

A sales event for showing merchandise to staff or select customers

slide show British & World English

A presentation supplemented by or based on a display of projected images or photographic slides

talent show British & World English

A competition or show consisting of performances by a series of amateur entertainers

flower show British & World English

An event at which flowers are displayed and judged for awards

horror show British & World English

A film or play intended to entertain by arousing feelings of horror or fear

light show British & World English

A spectacle of coloured lights that move and change, especially at a pop concert

reality show British & World English

A television programme in which ordinary people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative

show a leg British & World English

Get out of bed; get up

show willing British & World English

Display a willingness to help

show business British & World English

The theatre, films, television, and pop music as a profession or industry

fashion show British & World English

An event at which collections of newly designed clothing are modelled for an audience

go to show British & World English

(Of an occurrence) serve as evidence or proof of something

minstrel show British & World English

A popular stage entertainment featuring songs, dances, and comic dialogue in highly conventionalized patterns, usually performed by white actors in blackface. It developed in the US in the early and mid 19th century

run the show British & World English

Dominate or be in charge of an undertaking or area of activity

show the way British & World English

Indicate what can or should be done by doing it first

show of force British & World English

A demonstration of the forces at one’s command and of one’s readiness to use them

show of hands British & World English

A vote carried out among a group by the raising of hands, with numbers typically being estimated rather than counted

show-and-tell British & World English

A teaching method, used especially in teaching young children, in which pupils are encouraged to bring items they have selected to class and describe them to their classmates

Show Me State British & World English

Informal name for Missouri.

show the flag British & World English

(Of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength


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