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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shape-upverb

    a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired

  2. progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape upverb

    develop in a positive way

    "He progressed well in school"; "My plants are coming along"; "Plans are shaping up"


  1. Shape-Up

    Shape-Up is the name given to a hairstyle that is a cut around the hairline. It is usually mixed and matched with other hair styles, but on many occasions is done alone. It is typically found amongst men who utilize the Caesar cut. The hair is cut low, and after the primary cutting is done, the barber uses T-shaped clippers or a sharp razor blade to line up the customer's hair line, circling the entire head to include behind the ears, the back of the head, and sideburns. In nearly all cases as well, the barber may remove other hair which is visible from the customer's shirt collar growing from the back or lower neck. It is used by such celebrities as Hari Rhodes, James Edwards, Ivan Dixon, Greg Morris, Jay Sean, Nas, Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dr. Dre, Chris Brown, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Barack Obama, Chris Paul, Ludacris, Bow Wow. The haircut is popular with African-American males.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shape-up in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shape-up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shape-up in a Sentence

  1. Mayuresh Joshi:

    Auto has seen significant traction in the last few days. Sectors like auto correspond in terms of how the economy will shape up... There are expectations in terms of demand normalizing to pre-COVID levels and balance sheet strength with inherent demand coming back.

  2. Ian Nakamoto:

    Right now we're in the middle of earnings season, so I would think people are interested in seeing how the earnings are going to shape up. The bar is set pretty low.

  3. June Jordan:

    Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children.

  4. Hampus Lindholm:

    We've known for a while that we were going to play in the playoffs, so I was taking advantage of the situation to get myself prepared, i've been working out more during the season to get my shape up before the playoffs. I've had that focus all year.

  5. Hussam Hammada:

    Reasons varied. Some people suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure and others - and they are the bigger number - wanted to shape up, keep fit or relieve their stress.

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