One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attend an event briefly, typically out of courtesy.
arrive, turn up, put in an appearance, make an appearance, come, get here, get there, present oneselfView synonyms
- ‘With a host of promising new drivers making an appearance and some marvellous machinery on view, the event seems set for a successful summer.’
- ‘Experience has shown that, if a drug is available in Britain, it's only a matter of time before it puts in an appearance here.’
- ‘It also involves casual activities such as going on a sight-seeing trip or making an appearance at an event - all of which take place in public view and therefore can be easily remembered.’
- ‘Frogs and herons also made an appearance and in spring the otters appeared.’
- ‘Though he failed to make an appearance on that occasion, it can only be a matter of time before he makes his international debut.’
- ‘However, with the crowd reassured that both players would make an appearance on the pitch during the changeover, play got underway.’
- ‘It's only for the children who attend the playschool and Santa is to put in an appearance there also.’
- ‘These often put in an appearance in late summer, and no matter how many times you've seen one, it remains an incredible buzz.’
- ‘The tame bald eagle, brought in for truly patriotic events, made an appearance.’
- ‘Even the local police put in an appearance, arriving to investigate a bogus complaint about the noise.’
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