knock sth/sb into shape

knock sth/sb into shape
knock sth/sb into shape INFORMAL
to take action to get something or someone into good condition: »

His arrival on the board has finally knocked the company into shape.

Main Entry: knock

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • knock sth into shape — knock sth/sb into shape INFORMAL ► to take action to get something or someone into good condition: »His arrival on the board has finally knocked the company into shape. Main Entry: ↑knock …   Financial and business terms

  • knock sb into shape — knock sth/sb into shape INFORMAL ► to take action to get something or someone into good condition: »His arrival on the board has finally knocked the company into shape. Main Entry: ↑knock …   Financial and business terms

  • knock something into shape — lick/knock/whip/ someone/something/into shape phrase to improve the condition or performance of someone or something I’m going to whip this department into shape. Thesaurus: to make something better …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock — ▪ I. knock knock 1 [nɒk ǁ nɑːk] verb [transitive] 1. FINANCE if something knocks the price of shares, stocks etc, the price changes very quickly and unexpectedly: • Talk of easing the US credit policy knocked prices higher in light trade. • Its… …   Financial and business terms

  • lick something into shape — lick/knock/whip/ someone/something/into shape phrase to improve the condition or performance of someone or something I’m going to whip this department into shape. Thesaurus: to make something better …   Useful english dictionary

  • get something into shape — get/knock/lick sth into ˈshape idiom to make sth more acceptable, organized or successful • I ve got all the information together but it still needs knocking into shape. • It shouldn t take long to get the company back into shape. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • knock — 1 verb 1 DOOR/WINDOW (T) to hit a door or window with your closed hand to attract the attention of the people inside: Why don t you knock before you come in? (+ at/on): I turned to see Jane knocking frantically on the taxi window. 2 HIT/MAKE STH… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shape — 1 /SeIp/ noun 1 OUTER FORM a) (C, U) the outer form of something, that you see or feel: What shape is the table round or oval? | You can recognize a tree by the shape of its leaves. | round/square etc in shape: The eyeball is almost spherical in… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shape — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 physical outline ADJECTIVE ▪ basic, simple ▪ The children cut the paper into various simple shapes. ▪ overall ▪ characteristic, distinctive …   Collocations dictionary

  • shape — shape1 W2S2 [ʃeıp] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(round/square etc)¦ 2¦(health/condition)¦ 3 knock/lick/get somebody/something into shape 4¦(character of something)¦ 5 take shape 6 in the shape of something 7 not in any shape or form 8¦(thing not seen clearly)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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