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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 The president won the election on his promise to whip the economy into shape by overhauling outdated or inefficient legislation.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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

whip something into shape

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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

To bring to a specified state or condition, vigorously and often forcefully.
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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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He added: "At least I get to be brown for a few days, then it has to come off." Joe also said he is keen to show off his newly toned legs, after dance partner Katya Jones whipped him into shape.
Froch (right) appeared underprepared when Groves knocked him down during their first fight in November, but is adamant United nutritionist Mark Ellison, who also works with Team GB's boxers and Sale Sharks, has since whipped him into shape.
Mark Flynn, a professional photographer based in Kirkheaton who captured the scenes, said: "Eorl was a bit doubtful at first but Lynne soon whipped him into shape, finally producing a superb flower bouquet.
it's Froch's stunning girlfriend, model Rachael Cordingley, who has whipped him into shape as she gets back to full fitness following the birth of their son, Rocco.
He has whipped him into shape by taking him to a remote training camp in Belgium and says the former British and Commonwealth champ is a new man.