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 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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After spending so much time knocking sense into each other it seems most countries now hopefully avoid wars like the plague.
And in that backward compliment kind of way that people tend to do when they're building you up while knocking sense into your brain, he proceeded to give me a glorious talking to.
Does anyone really believe that Germany, France, or any of the others, after spending 10 years knocking sense into each other during WWI and WWII, have learnt nothing from the experience?