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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An assembled group of dock workers from which the day's work crew is chosen by a representative of the union.

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  • n. a gathering of labourers, where employers hire them for day jobs.

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Examples

  • The shapeup is the traditional system of hiring longshoremen on the waterfront; in his book, Jim quotes this description of (overwhelmingly Irish) longshoremen gathering at the Chelsea piers on the West Side of New York, hopeful of finding work, from Charles Brinton Barnes's 1915 study

    Autism Hub

  • Sitting in the chair for a shapeup this week are: Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette and screenwriter and graphic novelist John Ridley.

    'Shop Talk': Should Kendrick Meek Stay In Florida Senate Race?

  • Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are freelance writer Jimi Izrael, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar, and NPR's political editor Ken Rudin.

    'Shop Talk': The Political Witchunt For Christine O'Donnell

  • Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are; freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and editor, Arsalan Iftikhar, Sports Illustrator reporter Pablo Torre, and syndicated columnist Marc Lamont Hill, who's also an associate professor of education in African-American Studies at Columbia University.

    'Shop Talk': Philly Mayor Isn't Black Enough?

  • Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are author Jimi Izrael, sportswriter for The Nation and edgeofsports. com Dave Zirin, National Review online blogger Reihan Salam - he's also an author - and civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar.

    'Shop Talk': Was NPR Right To Oust Juan Williams?

  • Sitting in the chairs for our shapeup this week are freelance writer Jimi Izrael, syndicated columnist, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar, Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.

    'Shop Talk': Why Do Americans Think Obama Is Muslim?

  • Sitting in the chairs for their shapeup this week are freelance writer Jimi Izrael, Republican strategist Marcus Skelton, screenwriter and editor John Ridley and NPR's own political editor Ken Rudin.

    'Shop Talk': Is Tea Party Criticism Of The NAACP Legitimate?

  • Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are�freelance writer Jimi Izrael, Kevin Blackistone, national columnist for the Internet sports blog AOL Fan House, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar and�New York Times Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat.

    This Week In The Barbershop

  • Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup this week are freelance writer Jimi Izrael, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and sportswriter Dave Zirin.

    'Shop Talk': Former NFL Star Faces Rape Charges

  • I just don't anyway, sitting in their chairs for their shapeup this week are freelance writer Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney and editor Arsalan Iftikhar, TV and media critic for the St. Petersburg Times Eric Deggans, nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and national columnist for Internet sports blog AOL FanHouse Kevin Blackistone.

    'Shop Talk': Was LeBron James' Primetime TV Frenzy Too Much?

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