Posted by James Briggs on December 07, 2001 at
In Reply to: Turn-up for the books - what does it mean? posted by Bruce Kahl on December 07, 2001
: : Could anyone who knows about this phrase let me know by email? I'd be very keen to find out.
: : email@example.com
: : cheers,
: : Andy
means anthing or something unexpected as in:
: "Wow, I got a raise AND a bonus today, what a turn for the books"
My guess that it's got something to do with the odds in a Bookmakers 'book'. If you come up with a surprise, it overturns the accepted odds quoted - a turn-up.