shape-up

noun
\ ˈshāp-ˌəp \

Definition of shape-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

shape up

verb

Definition of shape up (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for shape-up

Synonyms: Verb

amend, mend, reform, straighten (up or out)

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Examples of shape-up in a Sentence

Verb

angrily told his son that if he didn't shape up, he'd be grounded for a month this group of summer interns is shaping up to be one of the best we've ever hired

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Sanchez showed off his power by rattling ESPN’s set in left field with a home run, shortstop Didi Gregorius and first baseman Greg Bird appear to be burgeoning stars and the Yankees bullpen is shaping up as one of the best in baseball. Billy Witz, New York Times, "The Stanton and Judge Show Debuts to Rave Reviews," 19 Feb. 2018 Vera Pauw may have thrown the women's soccer world for a loop on Tuesday, but as far as the new Dash coach is concerned, her world is shaping up nicely. Corey Roepken, Houston Chronicle, "Drafting Kyah Simon all part of the plan for Dash’s Vera Pauw," 30 Jan. 2018 Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past writings that a president should not be distracted by lawsuits and investigations could become a flashpoint in what's already shaping up to be a contentious confirmation battle. Mary Clare Jalonick, The Christian Science Monitor, "Democrats raise questions about Kavanaugh's views on executive power," 12 July 2018 WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past writings that a president should not be distracted by lawsuits and investigations could become a flashpoint in what's already shaping up to be a contentious confirmation battle. NBC News, "Would Kavanaugh protect Trump from Mueller investigation?," 11 July 2018 Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's past writings that a president should not be distracted by lawsuits and investigations could become a flashpoint in what's already shaping up to be a contentious confirmation battle. chicagotribune.com, "Kavanaugh’s view that a president should not be distracted by lawsuits, investigations could be flashpoint," 10 July 2018 Scarlett Johansson is once again at the center of what is shaping up to be another casting controversy. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Scarlett Johansson Caught Up in New Casting Controversy Over Transgender Role," 4 July 2018 In the midst of what is shaping up as a Cy Young Award-caliber season — never mind the low number of wins — deGrom chastised himself for his inability to control his pitches. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Jacob deGrom Blames Himself as the Mets Lose to the Dodgers in a Team Effort," 24 June 2018 Here’s the story of how a first-time council candidate and his campaign volunteers were chased from a city event in East Oakland by security guards in what is shaping up to be a tense election season in Oakland. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Oakland city politics: Running against Desley Brooks? You may run a risk," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of shape-up

Noun

1940, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1920, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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