shape-up

[sheyp-uhp]
noun
1.
an act or instance of shaping up.
2.
a former method of hiring longshoremen in which the applicants appeared daily at the docks and a union hiring boss chose those who would be given work.
Also, shapeup.


Origin:
1940–45; noun use of verb phrase shape up

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shape-up

noun
a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired 
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