English version

shape up

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshape up phrasal verb informal1 IMPROVEto improve your behaviour or work You kids had better shape up, because I’m in no mood to fool around.2 IMPROVEto make progress in a particular way Ken’s plans for the business are shaping up nicely. as Immigration is shaping up as a major issue in the campaign.shape up to be something It’s shaping up to be a pretty big party.3 shape up or ship out American English spokenIMPROVE used to tell someone that if they do not improve, they will be made to leave a place or their job shape→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
shape asThe story is shaping up as a major event.Immigration is shaping up as a major presidential campaign issue this year especially in California.Somewhat surprisingly, it is again shaping up as a presidential campaign battleground.Because for once the Grammy contest is shaping up as a real horse race.Either way, it is shaping up as an interesting ride.If 2001 is looking great for movies, then 2002 is shaping up as even better-particularly on the sequel front.Bob Farner is shaping up as the misdemeanor trial of the century.Rapidly shaping up as today's main event are the Madchester show trials.
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Verb table
shape
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyshape
he, she, itshapes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyshaped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave shaped
he, she, ithas shaped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad shaped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill shape
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have shaped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam shaping
he, she, itis shaping
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you, we, theyare shaping
Past
I, he, she, itwas shaping
you, we, theywere shaping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been shaping
he, she, ithas been shaping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been shaping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be shaping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been shaping
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