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shape up

verb phrase

  1. To progress; go along: How are your plans shaping up? (1865+)
  2. (also shape up or ship out) To correct one's behavior; conform and perform • Often a firm command or admonition: From this day on you're going to shape up or ship out. Is that understood? (WWII armed forces, but 1938+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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