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shape someone up

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shape someone up

verb phrase

To cause someone to conform and perform; correct someone's behavior: praying for a good depression that could shape these kids up (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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