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shape up

verb

Definition of shape up

  • intransitive verb
    1. :  to improve to a good or acceptable condition or standard of behavior <shaping up at the gym>

    2. transitive verb
    3. :  to bring to a good or acceptable condition or standard of behavior



    Examples of shape up in a sentence

    1. <angrily told his son that if he didn't shape up, he'd be grounded for a month>

    2. <this group of summer interns is shaping up to be one of the best we've ever hired>



    Circa 1920

    First Known Use of shape up

    circa 1920


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