show VERB (past part. shown or showed) 1) be, allow, or make visible. 2) exhibit or produce for inspection or viewing. 3) represent or depict in art. 4) display or allow to be perceived (a quality, emotion, or characteristic). 5) demonstrate or prove. 6) treat (someone) with (a specified quality). 7) explain or demonstrate something to. 8) conduct or lead: show them in, please. 9) (also show up) informal arrive for an appointment or at a gathering. 10) N. Amer. finish third or in the first three in a race.
NOUN 1) a spectacle or display. 2) a play or other stage performance, especially a musical. 3) a light entertainment programme on television or radio. 4) an event or competition involving the public display of animals, plants, or products. 5) informal an undertaking, project, or organization: I run the show. 6) an outward appearance or display of a quality or feeling. 7) (often in phrase for show) an outward display intended to give a false impression.
get the show on the road — Cf. ↑get the show on the road
good (or bad or poor) show! — Cf. ↑poor show!
on show — Cf. ↑on show
show someone a clean pair of heels — Cf. ↑show someone a clean pair of heels
show someone the door — Cf. ↑show someone the door
show one's hand (or cards) — Cf. ↑show one's hand
show off — Cf. ↑show off
show of force — Cf. ↑show of force
show of hands — Cf. ↑show of hands
show oneself (or one's face) — Cf. ↑show oneself
show round — Cf. ↑show round
show one's teeth — Cf. ↑show one's teeth
show up — Cf. ↑show up
show willing — Cf. ↑show willing
ORIGIN Old English, «look at, inspect».

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