knock (someone or something) into shape

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knock (someone or something) into shape

To return someone or something into acceptable condition or behavior, especially through direct, efficient, and practical means. The president won the election on his promise to knock the economy into shape by overhauling outdated or inefficient legislation. What he really needs is a mentor who will knock him into shape.
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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.