shape up
verb Date: circa 1920 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shape up — {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To begin to act or work right; get along satisfactorily. * /If the new boy doesn t begin to shape up soon, he ll have to leave school./ * / How is the building of the new gym coming along? Fine. It s shaping up very well …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • shape up — 1. to develop. The state of the economy is shaping up as a major political issue. Everyone s waiting to see how the new football season will shape up in September. 2. to improve your behavior or performance. He promised me he was going to shape… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shape up — 1. in. to improve; to reform. □ I want to get things shaped up around here. □ I guess I’d better shape up if I want to stay in school. 2. in. to assume a final form or structure. □ The game plan for the election was beginning to shape up …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shape up — verb a) To improve; to correct ones bad habits or behavior. Hed better shape up soon, or hell fail the class. b) To take shape; to transform into or become. The fog has vanished and its shaping up to b …   Wiktionary

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