Have you ever heard the expression “knock into shape”?
It is a pretty common phrase that you will hear in the UK from time to time so it is a good idea to learn what it means. In this episode, you will learn what it means, how it is used and even where it comes from.

knock into shape – Explained

What does “knock into shape” mean?

To take action to get something or someone into the good condition that you would like.

How is “knock into shape” used?

Here are some examples:

  • The government is taking steps to knock the economy into shape.

  • As a teacher, sometimes I have to knock students into shape.

  • The manager needs to knock the team into shape or they are going to end up getting relegated.

Where does “knock into shape” come from?

The origin of this idiom is not clear but seems to come from a similar expression “lick into shape” It’s an old idea where cubs were born without a shape and the mum licked them and moulded them into their proper form. 

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