shape up or ship out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - shape up or ship out

"shape up or ship out"

either improve your performance / behavior or leave


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - shape up or ship out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How was your performance review?

Colleague 2:  Pretty bad.  I keep scoring low on leadership skills.

Colleague 1:  And?

Colleague 2:  I've been told to either shape up or ship out.

Colleague 1:  I guess you had better take some leadership courses then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - shape up or ship out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You know I told you you could come and stay with me for as long as you liked after you broke up with your girlfriend.

Friend 2:  Thanks.

Friend 1:  But after these last couple of weeks of you making big messes and not cleaning up after yourself, I'm not sure you can stay any longer.

Friend 2:  I promise I'll do better. I'll clean up.

Friend 1:  I'll give you two days to shape up or ship out.

shape up or ship out - Usage:


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shape up or ship out - Gerund Form:

Shaping up or shipping out when your performance at work is poor is a necessity.

shape up or ship out - Examples:

1)  If the Power are to improve, he needs to either shape up or ship out.

2)  ... frankly, that comes with that job, tough, he has to shape up or ship out!

3)  Many want to see the UCI leadership shape up or ship out, plenty don't want to wait for improvement, they ...

4)  So today he got the broad-side - shape up or ship out.

5)  Its the rest of you who've got to do more. Shape up or ship out.

6)  ... reflects the position that most people blame the board, they need to shape up or ship out.

7)  ... do remember your promise to me though I do hope you'll speak out again. Shape up or ship out.

8)  ... get your head around and if you're not good with names you have to shape up or ship out.

9)  Obviously a very fair point but I think his point is that the "shape up or ship out" approach doesn't work with drug addiction, poverty related ...

10)  Apple has raised the stakes and the others had better shape up or ship out.

11)  ... banks must either shape up or ship out. Core transformation enhances a bank's business prowess by ...

12)  And that is the litmus test of faith -- shape up or ship out. You can't change religious dogmas to suit yourselves.

13)  ... every good business received the kudos it deserved and every poor performer was forced to shape up or ship out.

14)  We've suffered enough betrayal from you since 1984, so shape up or ship out!

15)  ... emergence of companies like, the traditional companies have realized that they have to shape up or ship out.

16)  ... sentiments about them and if the demand for their services drop they will have to shape up or ship out.

17)  We have enough of your PAP Goment incompetence and complacency, shape up or ship out!

18)  ... Democratic Party is badly out of step with most of the country and needs to shape up or ship out

19)  The management of the networks should shape up or ship out. They are destroying their own profession by prostituting themselves for ...

20)  ... got his arse handed to him lately, he will know that its time to shape up or ship out.