shape-up

noun \ ˈshāp-ˌəp \

Definition of shape-up

:a system of hiring workers and especially longshoremen by the day or shift by having applicants gather for each day's selection; also :an instance of such hiring practice

First Known Use of shape-up

1940


shape up

verb

Definition of shape up

intransitive verb
:to improve to a good or acceptable condition or standard of behavior
  • shaping up at the gym
transitive verb
: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

First Known Use of shape up

circa 1920

shape up Synonyms

Synonyms
amend, mend, reform, straighten (up or out)
Related Words
behave, regenerate; better, improve
Near Antonyms
backslide, regress

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