a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired
progress, come on, come along, advance, get on, get along, shape up(verb)
develop in a positive way
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shape up(verb)To improve; to correct one's bad habits or behavior.
pull ones socks up, improve, pull ones finger out
shape up(verb)To take shape; to transform into or become.
become, turn into, turn out