Posted by Henry on March 14, 2004
In Reply to: Turn up for the book posted by James Briggs on March 14, 2004
: : Couldn't find any reference to this on the site - anyone know the origin ?
: I would guess it comes from betting, especially on horse races. The 'book' is the record that a bookmaker, ie a taker of bets, keeps. Odds are placed against each horse in a race. If one does much better, or worse for that matter, than expected it's often called a 'turn up for the book'. However, why 'turn up' eludes me.
Perhaps something unusual turns up? Like a bookmaker losing money!