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      vb   , shows, showing, showed, shown, showed  
1    to make, be, or become visible or noticeable  
to show one's dislike     
2    tr   to present to view; exhibit  
he showed me a picture     
3    tr   to indicate or explain; prove  
to show that the earth moves round the sun     
4    tr   to exhibit or present (oneself or itself) in a specific character  
to show oneself to be trustworthy     
5    tr; foll by: how and an infinitive   to instruct by demonstration  
show me how to swim     
6    tr   to indicate or register  
a barometer shows changes in the weather     
7    tr   to grant or bestow  
to show favour to someone     
8    intr   to appear  
to show to advantage     
9    to exhibit, display, or offer (goods, etc.) for sale  
three artists were showing at the gallery     
10    tr   to allege, as in a legal document  
to show cause     
11    to present (a play, film, etc.) or (of a play, etc.) to be presented, as at a theatre or cinema  
12    tr   to guide or escort  
please show me to my room     
13    show in or out   to conduct a person into or out of a room or building by opening the door for him  
14    intr   to win a place in a horse race, etc.  
15    to give a performance of riding and handling (a horse) to display its best points  
16    intr  
Informal   to put in an appearance; arrive  
17    a display or exhibition  
18    a public spectacle  
19    an ostentatious or pretentious display  
20    a theatrical or other entertainment  
21    a trace or indication  
22      (Obstetrics)   a discharge of blood at the onset of labour  
23      (U.S., Austral., and N.Z.)  
informal   a chance; opportunity (esp. in the phrases give someone a show, he's got no show of winning, etc.)  
24    a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding  
25    Slang     (chiefly Brit)   a thing or affair (esp. in the phrases good show, bad show, etc.)  
26      (Austral. and N.Z., mining)   a slight indication of the presence of gold  
27    a display of farm animals, with associated competitions  
28    for show   in order to attract attention  
29    run the show  
Informal   to take charge of or manage an affair, business, etc.  
30    steal the show   to draw the most attention or admiration, esp. unexpectedly  
31    stop the show  
a    (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance  
b    to be received with great enthusiasm,   (See also)        show off       show up  
     (Old English sceawian; related to Old High German scouwon to look, Old Norse örskar careful, Greek thuoskoos seer)  

chat show  
      n     (Brit)   a television or radio show in which guests are interviewed informally,   (Also called)    talk show  
dumb show  
1    a part of a play acted in pantomime, popular in early English drama  
2    meaningful gestures; mime  
floor show  
      n   a series of entertainments, such as singing, dancing, and comedy acts, performed in a nightclub  
galanty show  
      n   (formerly) a pantomime shadow play, esp. one in miniature using figures cut from paper  
     (C19: perhaps from Italian galante gallant)  
ice show  
      n   any entertainment performed by ice-skaters  
light show  
      n   a kaleidoscopic display of moving lights, etc., projected onto a screen, esp. during pop concerts  
minstrel show  
      n   a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc., performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up  
      n   a person who fails to take up a reserved seat, place, etc., without having cancelled it  
raree show  
1    a street show or carnival  
2       another name for       peepshow  
     (C17: raree from rare1)  
road show  
a    a radio show broadcast live from one of a number of towns or venues being visited by a disc jockey who is touring an area  
b    the touring disc jockey and the personnel and equipment needed to present such a show  
the Radio 1 road show will be in Brighton next week     
2    a group of entertainers, esp. pop musicians, on tour  
3    any occasion when an organization attracts publicity while touring or visiting  
an antiques roadshow, a royal roadshow     
show bill  
      n   a poster advertising a play or show,   (Also called)    show card  
show business  
      n   the entertainment industry, including theatre, films, television, and radio,   (Informal term)    show biz  
show card  
1      (Commerce)   a tradesman's advertisement mounted on card as a poster  
2       another term for       show bill  
show copy  
      n     (Films)   a positive print of a film for use at an important presentation such as a premiere  
show day  
      n   (in Australia) a public holiday in a state on the date of its annual agricultural and industrial show  
show house  
      n   a house on a new estate that is decorated and furnished for prospective buyers to view  
show off  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to exhibit or display so as to invite admiration  
2    intr  
Informal   to behave in such a manner as to make an impression  
3    Informal   a person who makes a vain display of himself  
show of hands  
      n   the raising of hands to indicate voting for or against a proposition  
show stopper  
Informal   a stage act, etc., that receives so much applause as to interrupt the performance  
show trial  
      n   a trial conducted primarily to make a particular impression on the public or on other nations, esp. one that demonstrates the power of the state over the individual  
show up  
      vb   adv  
1    to reveal or be revealed clearly  
2    tr   to expose or reveal the faults or defects of by comparison  
3    tr  
Informal   to put to shame; embarrass  
he showed me up in front of my friends     
4    intr  
Informal   to appear or arrive  
talk show  
      n      another name for       chat show  
Wild West show  
      n     (U.S)   a show or circus act presenting feats of horsemanship, shooting, etc.  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    appear, be visible, blow wide open     (slang)   disclose, display, divulge, evidence, evince, exhibit, indicate, make known, manifest, present, register, reveal, testify to  
2    assert, clarify, demonstrate, elucidate, evince, explain, instruct, point out, present, prove, teach  
3    accompany, attend, conduct, escort, guide, lead  
4    accord, act with, bestow, confer, grant  
5    array, demonstration, display, exhibition, expo     (informal)   exposition, fair, manifestation, pageant, pageantry, parade, representation, sight, spectacle, view  
6    affectation, air, appearance, display, illusion, likeness, ostentation, parade, pose, pretence, pretext, profession, semblance  
7    entertainment, presentation, production  
1 & 2    be invisible, conceal, deny, disprove, gainsay     (archaic or literary)   hide, keep secret, mask, obscure, refute, suppress, veil, withhold  

boaster, braggadocio, braggart, egotist, exhibitionist, hot dog     (chiefly U.S.)   peacock, poseur, swaggerer  
show off  
1    advertise, demonstrate, display, exhibit, flaunt, parade, spread out  
2    blow one's own trumpet, boast, brag, hot-dog     (chiefly U.S.)   make a spectacle of oneself, shoot a line     (informal)   strut one's stuff     (chiefly U.S.)   swagger  
show up  
1    expose, highlight, lay bare, pinpoint, put the spotlight on, reveal, unmask  
2    appear, be conspicuous, be visible, catch the eye, leap to the eye, stand out  
3      (informal)   embarrass, let down, mortify, put to shame, shame, show in a bad light  
4      (informal)   appear, arrive, come, make an appearance, put in an appearance, show one's face, turn up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

best in show n.
award for the best dog in a dog show
At French dog shows they use the English expression

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attractive woman that you marry to show your success
expression used to show full agreement on smth.
1:to utter taunting words 2:to deride or tease with taunting words 'The Gridiron Show group joked with and gibed at those in the Memphis power structure, politicians mostly. Rarely did anyone get their feelings hurt by the skits in the shows…." — Toby Sells, Memphis Magazine, December 2014
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
the show is over, you can go home, the main purpose of your presence is gone
was used in Elvis concerts to prevent people from waiting an encore
a model or example that shows how something works
I like to read books that are a paradigm of human life because I can learn from them.
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
someone who shows no support or enthusiasm about an idea/proposal/situation
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