turn up
verb Date: 1563 transitive verb 1. find, discover 2. to raise or increase by or as if by turning a control <
turn up the volume on the radio
>
3. British a. to look up (as a word or fact) in a book b. to refer to or consult (a book) 4. to turn (a card) face upward intransitive verb 1. to appear or come to light unexpectedly or after being lost <
new evidence has turned up
>
2. a. (1) to turn out to be <
he turned up missing at roll call
>
(2) appear 4 <
her name is always turning up in the newspapers
>
b. to arrive or show up at an appointed or expected time or place <
turned up half an hour late
>
3. to happen or occur unexpectedly <
something always turned up to prevent their meeting
>
4. of a ship tack 1b

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • turn up — {v.} 1. To find; discover. * /The police searched the house hoping to turn up more clues./ 2. To appear or be found suddenly or unexpectedly. * /The missing boy turned up an hour later./ * /A man without training works at whatever jobs turn up./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn up — {v.} 1. To find; discover. * /The police searched the house hoping to turn up more clues./ 2. To appear or be found suddenly or unexpectedly. * /The missing boy turned up an hour later./ * /A man without training works at whatever jobs turn up./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn-up — n BrE 1.) the bottom of a trouser leg that is folded up for decoration or to make it shorter American Equivalent: cuff 2.) a turn up for the book(s) informal an unexpected and surprising event ▪ Fancy you being in New York too. What a turn up for …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • turn-up — turnˈ up (or /tûrn upˈ/) noun 1. A disturbance 2. A thing or part that is turned up, esp the cuff at the bottom of a trouser leg 3. An unexpected or fortuitous result or occurrence 4. A piece of good luck adjective Turned up • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn up — [v1] come, arrive appear, attend, blow in*, come in, enter, get, get in, make an appearance*, materialize, pop in*, punch in*, put in an appearance*, reach, roll in*, show, show up*, weigh in*; concept 159 Ant. abandon, go, leave turn up [v2]… …   New thesaurus

  • turn|up — «TURN UHP», adjective, noun. –adj. that is turned up or turns up. –n. 1. the turned up part of anything, especially of a garment. 2. British. a trouser cuff. 3. Cribbage. the first card selected after the crib has been dealt; starter …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn up — (something) to find something, usually after looking. A three hour search turned up no sign of a bomb. Our first look at the records did not turn anything up …   New idioms dictionary

  • turn-up — noun count BRITISH a CUFF a turn up for the books a surprising event …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • turn up — ► turn up 1) increase the volume or strength of (a device) by turning a knob or switch. 2) be found, especially by chance. 3) put in an appearance; arrive. 4) reveal or discover. Main Entry: ↑turn …   English terms dictionary

  • turn up — index discover, disinter, emerge Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • turn-up — ► NOUN Brit. 1) the end of a trouser leg folded upwards on the outside. 2) informal an unusual or unexpected event …   English terms dictionary

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