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.
See also: knock, sense, somebody, talk

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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Just think of the money they could raise for charity and Glenda might even end up knocking some sense into Rosie.
There's much more like this, all suggesting that the Great Recession is knocking some sense into some people.
Enjoy Steve Bruce knocking some sense into him at, er, Wigan.
Associate editor Marian Zboraj does a wonderful job taking a daunting subject like women's health and knocking some sense into it.
And thousands of fans were ringside to catch a glimpse of Welsh boxing hero Joe Calzaghe knocking some sense into Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson.
Besides, what good could come of knocking some sense into the collective head of the ruling Liberals, forcing them to implement laws to negotiate fair and equitable settlements to Aboriginal rights, concerns, when the plan is to break those same laws if the Affiance ever gets to power?
He said: "I sorted it out by just talking to him and verbally knocking some sense into him.