- n. a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired
“If they were picked for any work during the morning shape-up, it was for the filthiest, toughest jobs.”
“The Local 1317 hiring hall was a shanty next to the union headquarters where the men who wanted to work that day would gather in the morning in what is called a “shape-up,” a casual method of employment selection that had been abolished at some ports.”
“This is especially true during your shape-up week.”
“During my shape-up week I worked out every single day.”
“But since this was my shape-up week, my chance to really jump-start my fitness, I practically doubled that.”
“They are not sexy or new, but they are the foundation of any leg shape-up plan including one for scrawny legs, agree Pire and Julia Valentour, program coordinator for the American Council on Exercise in San Diego.”
“It's hard for an individual like me to get Washington and Wall Street to shape-up.”
“If the guy doesn't shape-up very quickly and start acting like a reasonably loyal member of his political party, he should not be surprised if loyal members of that political party opt for someone else next year.”
“But, still, the point stands: against the best team of his era, Kallis's record does not shape-up particularly well.”
“The early shape-up of presidential organizing on the Democratic side suggests Yale is hardly different from the rest of the country: The Obama supporters have a head start, and the political discourse lacks a certain je ne sais quoi in radicalism.”
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