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shape-up

or shape·up

[sheyp-uhp]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of shaping up.
  2. a former method of hiring longshoremen in which the applicants appeared daily at the docks and a union hiring boss chose those who would be given work.

Origin of shape-up

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase shape up
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