whip into shape
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Related to whip into shape: whip off, whip round, whip out, have the whip hand
whip someone or something into shape
to cause someone or something to be in a better condition. The coach was not able to whip the players into shape before the game. I think I can whip this proposal into shape quickly. Hey, Tom, whip yourself into shape. You look a mess.
whip somebody/something into shape
to quickly improve someone or something The district brought in a new principal to whip the school into shape. His crew includes a bunch of misfits whom he whips into shape in time to win the contest. These three new programs will help you whip your hard disk into shape.
Usage notes: usually said about improvements that happen because of hard work
whip into shapeInformal
To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.