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

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"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 better teacher 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)

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