[ sheyp-uhp ]
/ ˈʃeɪpˌʌp /
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.
Words nearby shape-up
Origin of shape-up
First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase shape up
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