show up
verb Date: 1826 transitive verb 1. to expose or discredit especially by revealing faults <
showed them up as frauds
>
2. to embarrass or cause to look bad especially by comparison <
trying to show up the boss
>
3. reveal <
showed up my ignorance
>
intransitive verb 1. arrive, appear <
showed up late for his own wedding
>
2. to be plainly evident

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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