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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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British Dictionary definitions for shapeup

shape up

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
(informal) to proceed or develop satisfactorily
2.
(informal) to develop a definite or proper form
noun
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
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