an act or instance of shaping up.
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.
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How to use shape-up in a sentence
But the FDA allowed Spinal Solutions to continue selling its products while the company tried to shape up, court filings show.
So 2018 will shape up as another wipeout, and the Senate will flip back to the GOP again.
That, he passed down to his son, around whom a campaign to draft him for the Senate had begun to shape up.
The first is to help the Ukrainians shape up as a condition for Western military and financial aid.
That's love, and while they'd probably tell me to shape up and be a better man, that's love too.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown | Justin Green | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Also shape up the "false" extensions of these pieces which are to be fastened below the lower frame at the corners.Mission Furniture | H. H. Windsor
I heard Joe telling Pinky the other day that youd ought to shape up well for next year.The Turner Twins | Ralph Henry Barbour
His butter-ball body was elongating, and his huge feet and legs were beginning to shape up.Lad: A Dog | Albert Payson Terhune
If things shape up sobut the fact is, I can promise nothing, say nothingat present.The Bail Jumper | Robert J. C. Stead
But maybe—we'll see how things shape up—maybe I'll send you back home.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for shape up
informal to proceed or develop satisfactorily
informal to develop a definite or proper form
US and Canadian (formerly) a method of hiring dockers for a day or shift by having a union hiring boss select them from a gathering of applicants
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shape-up
Turn out, develop; see take shape.
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