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English definition of “knock/lick sth/sb into shape”

knock/lick sth/sb into shape

(US usually whip sth/sb into shape)
to take action to get something or someone into the good condition that you would like: to knock the economy into shape A better teacher would have licked him into shape.Making things betterBecoming better
(Definition of knock/lick sth/sb into shape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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