1 type of entertainment
ADJ. live | family, popular | radio, television/TV | floor, stage | benefit, charity | chat, talk | game, quiz | cabaret, comedy, magic, musical, talent, variety | film, light, slide | Punch and Judy, puppet | freak | peep | one-man, one-woman, solo | sb's own She finally got her own TV show. | road, touring, travelling
VERB + SHOW see, watch Did you see the Lenny Henry Show last night? | host
SHOW + VERB feature sb/sth, star sb a live show featuring the best of Irish talent
SHOW + NOUN business
PREP. from a/the ~ songs from the show | in a/the ~ one of the acts in the show | on a/the ~ (only used about television and radio shows) I saw her on a chat show yesterday.
PHRASES the star of the show The dog was the real star of the show. > Note at PERFORMANCE(for more verbs)
2 public display/exhibition
ADJ. big | annual, spring, summer | local | agricultural, air, art, boat, cat, dog, fashion, flower, horse, motor, trade
VERB + SHOW have, hold, organize, put on They are holding a big fashion show at the Hilton tonight. | attend, go to
SHOW + VERB feature The show features the work of local artists.
SHOW + NOUN ring
PREP. at a/the ~ There were more than 500 exhibitors at the trade show. | on ~ (being shown for people to look at) The paintings are on show until April.
3 outward expression of an emotion/attitude
ADJ. great | brave | public
VERB + SHOW make, put on Although she hated him, she put on a show of politeness. | be all He shouts a lot but it's all show.
PREP. for ~ She pretends to be interested in opera, but it's only for show. | ~ of He made a great show of welcoming us.
PHRASES a show of force/strength The Democrats organized a show of strength, a mass rally in Central Park.
1 make sth clear; let sb see sth
ADV. clearly The figures clearly show that her claims are false.
VERB + SHOW appear to, seem to | go to It just goes to show what you can do when you really try. | aim to, attempt to, seek to, try to | be able to, can/could | be unable to, fail to | be expected to, be likely to Third quarter figures are likely to show a further fall in figures. | help (to) | offer to | refuse to Lewis refused to show any emotion. | be anxious to, be eager to, be happy to, be keen to, intend to, want to, wish to Les was happy to show her how it should be done. | be designed to | let sb Let me show you on the map.
PREP. to She showed her new toy to her friends.
PHRASES a chance to show sth I'm giving him a chance to show what he can do.
2 be visible
ADV. hardly It's such a tiny mark, it hardly shows.
VERB + SHOW begin to | let sth She tried not to let her disappointment show.