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shape-up

[sheyp-uhp] /ˈʃeɪpˌʌp/
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
1940-1945
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase shape up
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  • There was hardly an evil the harbor, said the waterfront priests, not directly traceable to the shape-up.

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