I just wanted to make sure if the usage of "show up" here is correct.

How are you going to show up to your friend like this?

I know you use this when you arrive somewhere or visit something (school, work, etc.) but I was wondering if I could use it with people as well like in the example. Basically I want to say "How are you going to appear in front of your mum like this?"

I don't know if you got my point but I hope you did and I am going to be thankful if someone helps me. Thanks!

  • No, it is not used like that. Show up at a place. Not to someone. It's just not the right verb. How are you going to show yourself to your mum like that? – Lambie Feb 17 '18 at 22:54
  • Show up is an expression meaning to arrive unexpectedly - or without notice or invitation. – Ronald Sole Feb 18 '18 at 0:27
  • @RonaldSole it also has various other idiomatic meanings, To outperform or outclass someone; to make someone look unskilled or inadequate by comparison with one's effort or talent, or To reveal someone's or something's true nature, character, or properties. – Andrew Feb 18 '18 at 1:14
  • @Andrew Touché I should have thought of that! – Ronald Sole Feb 18 '18 at 1:21

No its not correct, your mum example was correct. "How are you going to show up in front of your friends like this?"

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