show up as

show (someone or something) up as (something)

To reveal someone's or something's true nature, character, or properties. The books shows up the CEO as a megalomaniac only concerned with increasing his own wealth and power. The senator showed the legislation up as a cynical attempt to enrich the nation's wealthiest citizens.
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show someone up as something

to reveal that someone is really something (else). The investigation showed her up as a fraud. The test showed up the candidate as unqualified.
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