In other words, as far as the economy is concerned, 2014 is shaping up to be a year when we make things worse.
With nearly two-thirds of the vote in, Maryland was shaping up as a Romney blowout, 48 to 30 percent.
The current debate over Medicare is shaping up no differently.
And a bunch of other stuff next year, which is shaping up to be a very crowded year.
Apparently, 2016 is not shaping up as a Democratic slam dunk.
But we got, again, you know—the picture was sort of shaping up about Oswald.
The logic of the thing was shaping up hazily, but unmistakably.
He hadn't been in a position to see all the factors in the struggle that was shaping up.
Well, my boy, I'll talk this over with him; in fact, I really came out here to see how things were shaping up.
There's always a sort of preliminary election of officers; sort of shaking down and shaping up.
Old English scapan, past participle of scieppan "to create, form, destine" (past tense scop), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan "create, ordain" (cf. Old Norse skapa, Danish skabe, Old Saxon scapan, Old Frisian skeppa, Middle Dutch schappen "do, treat," Old High German scaffan, German schaffen "shape, create, produce"), from PIE root *(s)kep- a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies), which acquired broad technical senses and in Germanic a specific sense of "to create."
Old English scieppan survived into Middle English as shippen, but shape emerged as a regular verb (with past tense shaped) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen survives in misshapen. Middle English shepster (late 14c.) "dressmaker, female cutter-out," is literally "shape-ster," from Old English scieppan.
Meaning "to form in the mind" is from late 14c. Phrase Shape up (v.) is literally "to give form to by stiff or solid material;" attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."
Old English sceap, gesceap "form; created being, creature; creation; condition; sex, genitalia," from root of shape (v.)). Meaning "contours of the body" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "condition, state" is first recorded 1865, American English. In Middle English, the word in plural also had a sense of "a woman's private parts." Shape-shifter attested from 1820. Out of shape "not in proper shape" is from 1690s. Shapesmith "one who undertakes to improve the form of the body" was used in 1715.