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. France 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.
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in the shape of (someone or something)

As represented or exemplified by a particular person or thing. France 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.
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.
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The PML-N leadership had provided an international standard transport facility to the people in the shape of Metro Bus service, he added.
Local artist Samuel Becerra will conduct a workshop on sculpting and decorating clay Aztec flutes in the shape of skulls, in celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead and pre-Columbian art.
The Navy currently operates one SSN in the shape of INS Chakra, obtained on a 10-year lease for Russia for around $1 billion, while negotiations are underway to acquire another such boat.
Pakistan Navy, incidentally, is the first force in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to have submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion (AIP) in the shape of three French Agosta-90B vessels.
Following a recent spate of break-ins, police on the beat across Sandwell are now posting leaflets in the shape of a footprint through houses that appear to be an easy target for burglars.
Leaflets in the shape of a footprint will be posted to homes where windows and external doors have been left open or where valuable property has been left unsecured.