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shape up

informal
phrasal verb with shape uk   us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]
[usually continuous] to develop: How are your plans shaping up? Things seem to be shaping up nicely. Colin is shaping up quite well in his new job. to improve your behaviour or performance: I've been told that if I don't shape up, I'll lose my job.
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