knock into shape


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knock/lick/whipsomething/somebody into shape

to improve the condition of something or the condition or behaviour of someone The prime minister's main aim is to knock the economy into shape. Little Sean is a bit wild but the teachers'll soon lick him into shape when he starts school.
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OUR own Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are confronted with another batch of US celebs to knock into shape as the Stateside version of Strictly steps out on to the dance floor.
NANNY McPHEE AND THE BIG BANG Cert U, 109mins Following the box office bonanza created by the original Nanny McPhee, the enchanted childminder returns to knock into shape another brood of brats.