in the shape/form of somebody/something

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in the form of (someone or something)

As represented or exemplified by a particular person or thing. The country elected a new president in the form of Emmanuel Macron. The IRS is investigating whether the politician attempted to hide revenue in the form of campaign contributions to evade tax regulations.
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in the shape of (someone or something)

As represented or exemplified by a particular person or thing. The country elected a new president in the shape of Emmanuel Macron. The IRS is investigating whether the politician attempted to hide revenue in the shape of campaign contributions to evade tax regulations.
See also: of, shape

in the shape/form of somebody/something

follows a general word and introduces a particular example of it: There was entertainment on the ship, in the form of a disco and a cinema.Help arrived in the shape of a policeman.