|1.||the outward form of an object defined by outline|
|2.||the figure or outline of the body of a person|
|4.||organized or definite form: my plans are taking shape|
|5.||the form that anything assumes; guise|
|6.||something used to provide or define form; pattern; mould|
|7.||condition or state of efficiency: to be in good shape|
|8.||out of shape|
|a. in bad physical condition|
|b. bent, twisted, or deformed|
|9.||take shape to assume a definite form|
|—vb (when intr, |
|10.||to receive or cause to receive shape or form|
|11.||(tr) to mould into a particular pattern or form; modify|
|12.||(tr) to plan, devise, or prepare: to shape a plan of action|
|13.||an obsolete word for appoint|
|[Old English gesceap, literally: that which is created, from scieppan to create; related to sceap sexual organs, Old Norse skap destiny, Old High German scaf form]|
|1.||informal to proceed or develop satisfactorily|
|2.||informal to develop a definite or proper form|
|3.||(US), (Canadian) (formerly) a method of hiring dockers for a day or shift by having a union hiring boss select them from a gathering of applicants|
shape up definition
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Turn out, develop; see take shape.
Improve so as to meet a standard, as in The coach told the team that they'd better shape up or they'd be at the bottom of the league. This usage was first recorded in 1938.
shape up or ship out Behave yourself or be forced to leave, as in The new supervisor told Tom he'd have to shape up or ship out. This expression originated in the 1940s, during World War II, as a threat that if one didn't behave in an appropriate military manner one would be sent overseas to a combat zone. After the war it was transferred to other situations calling for improved performance.