lick into shape
Also, whip into shape. Bring into satisfactory condition or appearance, as in The garden looks neglected, but Dad will soon lick it into shape, or We need at least three more practices before the team is whipped into shape. The expression using lick, which some think alludes to how bears treat their cubs, dates from about 1600. The variant alludes to the forceful use of a whip to accomplish something.
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I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Under Suleimani several military branches have taken shape [in Iraq] which are run by Iran and the Iranian military,” he said.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You were going to work your way into my marriage and you were going to call its new three-way shape holy” the narrator recounts.
If you drink from a flute, do so from a tulip-shape one to concentrate the notes, Simonetti-Bryan says.
The Babadook is the shape of grief: all-enveloping, shape-shifting, black, here intensely, terrifying, then gone.
They are ovoid in shape, and lie in pairs, end to end, often forming short chains.
Leaves of a lanceolate form are the largest, and the shape of those found on most varieties of the American plant.
Well, thinks I, this is no joke sure, at this lick I'll have family enuff to do me in a few years.
Microscopically, they are yellow or reddish-brown crystals, which differ greatly in size and shape.
Here the Goat, who evidently was not yet quite started, inquired, "Must all the halves be of the same shape?"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl