knock (some) sense into (one)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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knock some sense into

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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Ban for driving for two years might knock sense into them.
So, he embarks on a determined campaign to knock sense into her love-addled brain-before it's too late!
McEnroe said: "Hopefully Hewitt can knock sense into him.
We need more such prominent people who could knock sense into the heads of the policymakers in Washington.
It just beggars belief that it has taken a retired MP nudging 80 to knock sense into the ditherers who pretend to run this country.
JOHN MACKIE LOST: 6 STONE 8LB A HEAVYWEIGHT celebrity encounter was enough to knock sense into John.
They need these forecasts to knock sense into them about impending doom, so they can get their escape plan in order and re-examine their homeowners policies.
For my part, that's why I report to work each morning--to put out a magazine (and a website, an e-newsletter, books and a syndicated column) to try to knock sense into people, from policymakers, teachers and businesspeople to ordinary citizens who read E or the many other media that reprint our stories.
When Tom Cronin noticed I was spending more time reading greens than reading books--my golf scores and grades were in full lock, all in the low 70s--he stayed clear of trying to knock sense into my head.
However, it seems an uphill task to knock sense into the heads of our leaders, who want to continue with the animosity for their political gains at home.