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English definition of “shape up”

shape up

informal
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with shape   /ʃeɪp/ us  
[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.Making progress and advancingBecoming better to improve your behaviour or performance: I've been told that if I don't shape up, I'll lose my job.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing
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