knock some sense into


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knock (some) sense into (one)

To assist or persuade someone to start thinking sensibly (about something). Jason is convinced that he wants to get a tattoo once he turns 18, but I'm hoping we'll be able to knock sense into him by then. If you think you're going to find success with your high school rock band, then someone needs to knock some sense into you.
See also: knock, sense

knock some sense into someone

 and knock some sense in
to strike one, making one smarter, or at least obedient. I think his father finally knocked some sense into him. The accident finally knocked in some sense. I thought that last week's experience would knock some sense in.
See also: knock, sense

knock/talk some ˈsense into somebody

(informal) try to persuade somebody to stop behaving in a stupid way, sometimes using rough or violent methods: I wish somebody would knock some sense into our politicians.Try and talk some sense into her before she makes the wrong decision.
See also: knock, sense, somebody, talk

knock some sense into

Slang
To beat or hit (someone) in an effort to teach a lesson or cause a person to adopt an acceptable pattern of behavior.
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EMBARKING on their Fifty Shades of Beige tour, the female Grumpies are back to have a good old moan and knock some sense into the nation.
New York, October 19 ( ANI ): Author Maneesh Sethi started paying a woman 8 dollars an hour to knock some sense into him after realizing that he wastes 30 hours a week on Facebook and other sites, it has been revealed.
And if the league continues to skate its way around this issue, perhaps the long reach of the law in the NFL case can knock some sense into the NHL.
Any hopes that the riots might knock some sense into anti-gun British politicians were quickly dashed.
Hopefully this will knock some sense into him and realise there is more to life.
But isn't it time the Westminster hothouse of paranoid politicians, press and TV moguls experienced a some good old North East wind to knock some sense into them all.
It's a running joke--me persistently trying to provide a story to go with his pictures, striving to "get" them, while he's working overtime to knock some sense into my novice, story-seeking head.
It was here he fell in love with drama, but when he announced his ambition to his father, Richard put him to work on a building site to knock some sense into him.
As a married father-of-two himself, you get the impression Michael, 44, wants to take garage owner Kevin outside and knock some sense into him with a spanner.
Two months have passed, and it seems USC might have scratched its head hard enough to finally knock some sense into it.
It may even knock some sense into the warring politicians and make them understand the dire necessity of working together to save the country.
Bandmate Mollie King, 21, promised she'd knock some sense into her pal if she ever goes too far: "If any of the girls ever started going off the rails, the other four would pull them back into line and slap them out of it.
The first group believes that one-state talk might help knock some sense into the heads of Israeli decision-makers.
The story, co-conceived by Michael Patrick King, creator of TV's "Sex and the City," has the character's earnestly agonizing mother and sister pulling out all the stops to knock some sense into the still-starving artiste.
Hopefully the sports minister's remarks about the levy yesterday will knock some sense into both sides and bring about a solution that is fair to everyone.