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“shape up” in British English

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(Definition of “shape up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“shape up” in American English

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shape up

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

(DEVELOP)

to develop:

It’s shaping up to be a fierce battle for the leadership of Congress.

shape up

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

(IMPROVE)

to improve your behavior or performance:

The coach told him to shape up and start practicing more.

(Definition of “shape up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)