[General] cut out/wear out/turn up

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Dear teachers,

Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

He wasn’t cut out for the job.

Warren seemed to be cut out for the law.

It was clear very early that Fred was cut out to be a doctor.

cut out = suited to or fitted to

Mary agreed to stay with her teacher's children all day; she did not know what was cut out for her.

If Mr. Perkins wants to become a senator, he has his work cut out for him.

We have our work cut out for us.

cut out = made ready; given for action; facing; assigned beforehand, prepared, predetermined

They were all worn out at the end.

I was worn out from packing all those books.

wear out = exhaust, tire

I don’t think he will turn up. (I don’t think he will come.)

Her name is always turning up in the newspapers.

turn up = appear, arrive

Something always turned up to prevent their meeting.

Something turned up so I couldn't go to the play.

turn up = to happen or occur unexpectedly

He has to turn up the ends of his trousers.

turn up = fold

The engine turns up 100 horsepower.

turn up = increase the volume, speed, intensity

She turned up the missing papers.

I managed to turn up the unknown word in the dictionary.

turn up = find or be found

He turned up missing at roll call.

turn up = prove to be; be found to be

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Her name is always turning up in the newspapers.

There's nothing wrong with this sentence, but I would use appearing/cropping up or something similar rather than turning up.
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