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Definition of shape up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


shape up

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to develop in a particular way, especially in a good way Our plans are shaping up nicely (= showing signs that they will be successful).
  2. 2(informal) to improve your behavior, work harder, etc. If he doesn't shape up, he'll soon be out of a job.
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