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So he said 'I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library.' I thought 'That's a turn-up for the books.'
Tommy Cooper

Meaning of "a turn-up" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A TURN-UP

a turn-up play
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WHAT DOES A TURN-UP MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of a turn-up in the English dictionary

The definition of a turn-up in the dictionary is a surprise; a shock.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A TURN-UP

a slap in the face
a slap on the back
a slap on the wrist
a soda
a sop to Cerberus
a spider´s web of sth
a sticky end
a stout heart
a stroke
a tad
a tall order
a taste of one´s own medicine
a tempo
a thick ear
A to J
A to Z
a treader of the boards
a visual impairment
a voice in the wilderness
a whale of a

WORDS THAT END LIKE A TURN-UP

beaten-up
burn-up
chin-up
close-up
curtain-up
follow-up
grown-up
hold-up
hook-up
make-up
pick-up
pin-up
pop-up
put-you-up
run-up
set-up
seven-up
ton-up
turn-up
wake-up

Synonyms and antonyms of a turn-up in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «a turn-up» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A TURN-UP

Find out the translation of a turn-up to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a turn-up from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a turn-up» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

卷起
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

un giro -up
570 millions of speakers

English

a turn-up
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक बारी अप
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بدوره المتابعة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

загнутое
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um turn- up
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি টার্ন আপ আপ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un retournement
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Turn-up
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Turn- up
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ターンアップ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

턴업
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sing diuripake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một lượt lên
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு திருப்பம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

एक टर्न अप
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Dönüş
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un turn- up
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

turn -up
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

загнуте
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un turn- up
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα turn- up
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n beurt -up
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en turn- up
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en turn- up
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a turn-up

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A TURN-UP»

The term «a turn-up» is very widely used and occupies the 18.633 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A TURN-UP» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a turn-up

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QUOTES WITH «A TURN-UP»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word a turn-up.
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Tommy Cooper
So he said 'I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library.' I thought 'That's a turn-up for the books.'

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A TURN-UP»

Discover the use of a turn-up in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a turn-up and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
As an underworld c.p. what a turn-up for the book! was in use by 1932 (Arthur Gardner, Tinker's Kitchen). The simple phrase is usu. (Well, there's) a real (or a right) turn-up . . . ; and for the book may sometimes, in later C.20, be omitted (P.B. ).
Eric Partridge, 2006
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Hoyle's Games: Illustrated Edition. Embracing All the Most ...
and the other players suddenly all pass, and so force him to take a turn-up which he don't want, and which probably injures his hand. Turning corner. — Mark : The elder hand who jockeys by consoling for a turn-up which he wants, cannot ...
‎1872
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Chambers Universal Learners' Dictionary
... turned up again at the end of the concert performance. 5 vt sep to fold up and sew : to turn up a hem. 6 vt sep ( inf) to discover (facts) etc : The police have apparently turned up some new evidence. - See also turn-up (def 1). a turn-up for the ...
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An Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions
Turn up for the books An unexpected event (e.g. 'the meteorite landing in our garden was a turn up for the books').* Turn up like a bad penny The belief that someone unpleasant will always come back.* Turn up their toes Die.* Turning point A ...
Ian Stuart-Hamilton, 2004
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Practical Everyday English: A New Method of Learning ...
A tUrn-Up for the bOOkS (A great surprise) Examples: • / couldn't believe it when l heard about his appointment as Managing Director. What a turn-up for the books! • After making a fuss for so long, it was a real turn-up for the books for my ...
Steven Collins, 2007
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms
The police have apparently turned up some new evidence. a turn-up for the book (s) (in/) something which happens unexpectedly: He's won a lot of money — what a turn-up (for the book)\ [19C racing slang.] turn up one's nose (at) see nose.
Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz, 1993
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Chambers Idioms
turn up (in/) 1 to appear or arrive: He turned up at our house. 2 to be found: Don't worry — it'll turn up again. 3 to discover (facts) etc: The police have apparently turned up some new evidence. a turn-up for the book(s) (inf) something which ...
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Gabay's Copywriters' Compendium- revised edition in paperback
Jonathan Gabay. 253 254 255 256 Yinglish: Brains, pen,action! 1 Write a five- minute. The whole truth and nothing but the truth To tell you the truth Trust (name) to... Trust me on this Truth is... Turn A turn up for the books It's your turn One good  ...
Jonathan Gabay, 2006
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Gabay's Copywriters' Compendium: The Definitive Professional ...
Turn A turn up for the books It's your turn One good turn deserves another The lady's not for turning To a turn Turn a deaf ear Turn a trick Turn coat Turn in one's grave Turn someone's head Turn tables Turn the other cheek Turn turtle Turn up  ...
J. Jonathan Gabay, 2007
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Untitled
... page P12 eventk 2 [S] uk informal when something happens in an unexpected way or in a way that was not planned "idiom turn-up for the book(s) uk (us one for the books) a surprising or unexpected event: Well, that's a turn-up for the books ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A TURN-UP»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a turn-up is used in the context of the following news items.
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Emilie Nicolas interview: 'I will always have my insecurities'
So it's quite a turn-up to be invited to the central Oslo flat that Norway's brightest new star shares, rather cosily, with her boyfriend and his ... «Evening Standard, Jul 15»
2
Mike Blair in the light blue of Glasgow Warriors . . . a turn-up for the …
Mike Blair in the light blue of Glasgow Warriors . . . a turn-up for the books. Lewis Stuart. Wednesday 1 July 2015. HOWEVER you look at it, seeing Mike Blair in a ... «Herald Scotland, Jul 15»
3
Apple Music launches, and we get it for less than the US!
Here's a turn-up for the books - Apple Music will be cheaper to subscribe to in Australia than it will be in the US. The service, live now, is free for ... «PC Authority, Jun 15»
4
WOW! What A Turn-up For The Books At Kinsale
#sovscup – W M Nixon casts a quick eye over the final outcome of the ICRA Nats/Sovereigns Cup. George Sisk has been an active participant ... «Afloat, Jun 15»
5
EastEnders Dean Gaffney ends romance with childhood sweetheart …
But as his career takes a turn-up for the books, it emerges his love life has gone the opposite way as The Sun reports he has split from his ... «Metro, Jun 15»
6
Grass Boots: Yallourn-Yallourn North fortunes change with the …
"We thought, 'Geez, this is a bit of a turn-up.' Last year we were getting 15 or 20." Six months on from those early sessions under Bailey's astute ... «The Age, Jun 15»
7
Review: Human Transit by Jarrett Walker
It really is a turn-up-and-go service." Walker puts it this way: "A very frequent service is where you (as a customer) don't worry about a timetable. «Raise the Hammer, Jun 15»
8
Migos: Young, Rich and Outrunning Trouble
He recalls nailing a microphone to his mom's living room wall when he was 16 so they could record their first song, a turn-up anthem called ... «RollingStone.com, Jun 15»
9
TTC announces 10-minute-or-better service network
It really is a turn-up-and-go service," TTC deputy CEO Chris Upfold said at Bathurst station on Monday. "This creates a good grid of high ... «Toronto Star, Jun 15»
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Listen up: 'I suddenly feel like a man of substance, a man not to be …
I said, 'Well, this is a turn-up! I can't remember the last time I had a pump attendant fill up the car for me!' And do you know what he said to me? «Irish Times, Jun 15»

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