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whip (someone or something) into shape

To return someone or something into acceptable condition or behavior, especially through direct, efficient, and practical means. The president won the election on his promise to whip the economy into shape by overhauling outdated or inefficient legislation. What he really needs is a mentor who will whip him into shape.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

whip someone or something into shape

to cause someone or something to be in a better condition. The coach was not able to whip the players into shape before the game. I think I can whip this proposal into shape quickly. Hey, Tom, whip yourself into shape. You look a mess.
See also: shape, whip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

whip something into shape

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

whip into shape

Informal
To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.
See also: shape, whip
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The rapper is reported to have given him a stern talking to in an attempt to whip him into shape.
The X Factor supremo hopes the Power Plate - dubbed "miracle machine" - will whip him into shape.
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DARREN CLARKE has hired a personal trainer to whip him into shape -and hopes he will have the same effect on him as he did on Andrew Flintoff.
New caddy Nick Hooper, a friend from Jersey who is a sports physiotherapist by profession, will whip him into shape on and off the course.
The man everyone loves to hate, played by actor Chris Chittel, was begging for mercy as the former World 10,000 metres champion tried to whip him into shape for the Bupa Great Caledonian Run in May.