Definition of pop up in English:

pop up

phrasal verb

  • 1Appear or occur suddenly.

    ‘these memories can pop up from time to time’
    • ‘And people might not donate if 18 years down the line a few children were to suddenly pop up!’
    • ‘It was so silent that it was like one of those movies where suddenly a murderer pops up out of the bushes to attack the helpless woman.’
    • ‘Suddenly an alert popped up on her computer and she read it.’
    • ‘I should add that at one point in the animation, the Loch Ness Monster appeared to pop up in the background.’
    • ‘I keep expecting him to just suddenly pop up and surprise me.’
    • ‘So much for these chain stores that appear to be popping up all over the country.’
    • ‘So if water features and decorative stone paving suddenly start popping up around the Huntington Stadium pitch, you know who's to blame.’
    • ‘Why has the bespectacled figure of Kevin Rosenberg suddenly popped up in a corner of my mind?’
    • ‘I don't know what it is but certain phrases seem to suddenly pop up on my TV whenever politicians are giving speeches or pundits are discussing politics.’
    • ‘Richard Askwith reports on the mysteries of the giant squid, a profoundly elusive creature that suddenly seems to be popping up everywhere’
    • ‘Look, what people really say about this is well why has it suddenly popped up now as an issue?’
    • ‘Suddenly a commercial pops up for Colgate toothpaste.’
    • ‘It's an argument worth having, especially since more paid-for results appear to pop up every few months.’
    • ‘A petite figure suddenly popped up from behind the couch.’
    • ‘There is no campaign and suddenly his name pops up, clearly presented by the British and the French who have been impressed by his negotiational ability.’
    • ‘This was a common occurrence, meteor storms suddenly popping up without warning.’
    • ‘I started to walk towards the food court, planning to get something to eat when Matt suddenly popped up beside me.’
    • ‘And where they appeared, counter-protesters also popped up - to keep the other side from hogging the cameras.’
    • ‘I was scrolling through my server logs this morning, clicking on links to any of the incoming domains I didn't recognise when suddenly something very familiar popped up.’
    • ‘Further, with old and new problems popping up together, it appears our political and economic turmoil will never end.’
    appear, appear abruptly, appear suddenly, appear unexpectedly, occur abruptly, occur suddenly, come into sight, come into view, materialize, arrive, make in an appearance, put in an appearance
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    1. 1.1Computing (of a browser window) appear without having been requested, especially for the purpose of advertising.
      • ‘You see the warnings indicated by the red popping up on the screen.’
      • ‘You can float the mouse over the button and a tool tip will pop up with the command name.’
      • ‘Clicking on any of these pictures will pop up a bigger one.’
      • ‘It also pops up a screen asking you for permission to enter the site, all according to the rules.’
      • ‘Right click and click "Stop" on the pop up menu.’
  • 2Cricket
    (of a cricket ball) rise sharply off the pitch.

    ‘the ball pitched outside off and popped up’
    • ‘Several balls have half deceived batsmen and popped up in the air or beaten the bat, but none have yielded a wicket.’
    • ‘In other words, excess of momentum in the upward direction, will make the ball pop up and close-in fielders are ever waiting to gobble up those half-chances!’
    • ‘Gough's third ball of the innings popped up on Darren Maddy and he presented Darren Lehmann with a simple catch at backward point.’