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"shape up" in British English

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shape up

informal
phrasal verb with shape uk   us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]
[usually continuous] to ​develop: How are ​yourplansshaping up? Things ​seem to be ​shaping up ​nicely. Colin is ​shaping up ​quite well in his new ​job. to ​improveyourbehaviour or ​performance: I've been told that if I don't ​shape up, I'll ​lose my ​job.
(Definition of shape up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shape up

phrasal verb with shape  us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]

shape up (DEVELOP)

to ​develop: It’s shaping up to be a ​fiercebattle for the ​leadership of ​Congress.

shape up

phrasal verb with shape  us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]

shape up (IMPROVE)

to ​improveyourbehavior or ​performance: The ​coach told him to shape up and ​startpracticing more.
(Definition of shape up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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