knock/lick sth/sb into shape Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “knock/lick sth/sb into shape” in the English Dictionary

"knock/lick sth/sb into shape" in British English

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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 ​betterteacher would have ​licked him into shape.
(Definition of knock/lick sth/sb into shape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “knock/lick sth/sb into shape”
in Chinese (Simplified) 把…整理好, 使变好…
in Chinese (Traditional) 把…整理好, 使變好…
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