So this has been bothering me for awhile (and seems a bit silly now that I think about it), but I recently scanned through a script of The Great Game and always thought that when Sherlock was watching “crap telly” he was pointing out the TURNIPS on the non-father’s jeans. But now I know it says TURN UPS and have no idea what he’s talking about. Is this me being stupid or a British colloquialism that I am just not familiar with? What are the turn ups and why are they on his jeans? Thanks!
A “turn-up” in British English is the same thing as what’s often called a “cuff” in American English. So Sherlock was talking about the way the bottom of the man’s jeans were folded up.
If the meaning’s still unclear, check out this page with photos of men in turned up jeans. Or this article on how to do turn-ups on your own jeans (because there is a how-to article for everything in the world).
Also worth noting: the definition of “turn-up” discussed above is completely different from the definition of “turn-up” when John used it a few minutes later.
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