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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The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an early start to what’s shaping up as a crowded Democratic field without a clear front-runner to challenge President Donald Trump. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run," 12 Dec. 2018 There’s not a lot of new blood on the Republican side, which is shaping up to a race between a former governor and a former nominee for governor. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "The Minnesota primary elections, one of 2018’s fiercest battlegrounds, explained," 13 Aug. 2018 The race is shaping up as an ugly campaign to determine which candidate is the bigger crook. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Could the GOP take out New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez?," 6 June 2018 John Tavares, 27-year-old 30-goal scorer, is shaping up as the headliner. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings turn sights to draft prep, free agency," 8 Apr. 2018 But 2018 is shaping up to be a gangbuster political year for Idaho, for two particular reasons. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "5 things to watch as Idaho lawmakers return to Boise for 2018 session," 6 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Trump’s deployment of up to 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in advance of the migrant caravan is shaping up to cost $220 million, according to Defense Department officials. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: ‘You get an Amazon HQ2 and you get an Amazon HQ2!’," 6 Nov. 2018 The year flew by quickly and November is shaping up to be one of the most impactful months of 2018 — especially for you, Gemini darling. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Basically, the second royal wedding of 2018 is shaping up to be spectacular. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Details About Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Have Just Been Released," 6 Oct. 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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The first known use of shape-up was circa 1920

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