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shape up

phrasal verb with shape  us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]
  • (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]
  • (IMPROVE)

to ​improveyourbehavior or ​performance: The ​coach told him to shape up and ​startpracticing more.
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shape up

informal
phrasal verb with shape uk   us   /ʃeɪp/ verb [T]
(Definition of shape up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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