from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To show up; to appear suddenly or unexpectedly.
  • v. To increase the amount of something by means of a control, such as the volume, heat, or light.
  • v. To reposition by rotating, flipping, etc. upwards.
  • v. To belay or make fast a line on a cleat or pin.
  • n. A stroke of good luck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be shown or be found to be
  • v. discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining
  • v. find by digging in the ground
  • v. bend or lay so that one part covers the other
  • v. appear or become visible; make a showing


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  • As he preceded her into the small parlor and reached to turn up the lamp she saw on his wrist and hand livid purple-brown bruises, as though impossibly powerful fingers had all but crushed the bones.


  • And the eurocracy prefers buying time in the Micawberish hope that something will turn up to keep Euroland from fracturing, rather than face reality.

    Europe's Daily Soap Opera Keeps Rolling

  • In an effort to stop worrying, do we just manufacture some sort of emotionalized faith, quote some Bible verses, and turn up the “praise” music on the radio?


  • Harry Humphreys and Sam Hussey turn up on some Saturdays, while Joey Long debarks the logs.

    Morgan’s Run

  • He kept hoping it would turn up where the trees are regenerating, as in woods like Slough Grove.


  • “If you were supervisor, and one of your CSIs was a former stock-car racer, and you had a case turn up at a speedway…who would you send?”

    Sin City

  • • Girls and boys can go bare-bottomed all day during summer months and inside during the winter, if you turn up the heat.

    pottytrain your child in just one day

  • Iturned off the phone and ordered Paula not to keep me posted on anything that Clara might turn up on the net.

    Walls of Silence

  • That search did not turn up the bomb hidden in his ankle-high hiking boots and the next day Reid successfully boarded the same flight for Miami.

    The Longest War

  • When Thomas made the effort to turn up the supernatural come-hither, women literally couldn't tell him no.

    Dead Beat


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