2015년 10월 28일 수요일

Dic: shape up



  • There are also indications that a major tank battle may be shaping up for tonight.
  • The accident is already shaping up as a significant environmental disaster.
  • It's shaping up to be a terrible winter.
  • I did have a few worries about how Hugh and I would shape up as parents.
  • Girls are being recruited now. I heard they are shaping up very well.
  • It is no use simply to tell adolescents to shape up and do something useful.

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1. If sth ^is shaping up^, it is starting to develop or seems likely to happen.

2. If you ask how sbd or sth ^is shaping up^, you want to know how well they are doing in a particular situation or activity.

3. If you tell sbd to shape up, you are telling them to start behaving in a sensible and responsible way.


CF. shape up:

1. to improve your behaviour or work: You kids had better shape up, because I'm in no mood to fool around.

2. to make progress in a particular way: Ken's plans for the business are shaping up nicely.

Immigration is shaping up as a major issue in the campaign.

It's shaping up to be a pretty big party.

.... COBUILD, LDOCE

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