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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 The president won the election on his promise to whip the economy into shape by overhauling outdated or inefficient legislation.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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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.
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whip something into shape

verb
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whip into shape

Informal
To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.
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I thought he was here to whip us into shape and count loudly when we were running over time, as per normal.
She just thinks we're all too quick to give up on getting fit, and wants to whip us into shape. She also believes if we start running, we'll shed pounds without having to diet.
The team had a small window of time to whip us into shape, and it landed on the last two days of deadline week.
Once we discover our body type, we can discover what kind of diet will make us lose weight, which exercises will whip us into shape, and what food cravings we should ignore.