to whip into shape

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - whip into shape

"to whip into shape"

to use vigorous action to bring someone or something into a proper specified state or better condition


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - whip into shape

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I just heard that the clients are coming tomorrow instead of the day after tomorrow and we don't have the presentation ready. We have some of the write-ups done and some of the graphics and a general plan but it is certainly not ready.

Colleague 2: No problem. A couple of hours of hard work and we will have it whipped into shape, no problem.

Colleague 1: OK. Let's get to work.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - whip into shape

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Wow. You sure are looking good. You must have lost thirty pounds.

Friend 2: Thanks. I looked in the mirror last fall and really did not like what I saw so I spent the winter changing my diet, going to the gym and generally whipping myself into shape.

Friend 1: Well, you have achieved great results for such a short period of time. You must have really applied yourself.

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to whip into shape - Gerund Form:

Whipping the team into shape before the final match, the coach instituted a strict policy of physical conditioning.

to whip into shape - Examples:

1)  I have some Happiness Project posts drafted on my netbook and will whip them into shape and start posting this week.

2)  Below we have assembled a cutting-edge set of six-pack strategies to whip your gut into shape plus the step-by-step blueprints you need to support your journey. 

3)  I would go into other people's homes and whip them into shape. Even as a child I loved to tear my room apart and put it back in better order.

4)  ... workout gear, exercise techniques, and enough vim and vigor to whip you into shape.

5)  ... it can help you get on top of your numbers and whip your business into shape today. Discover easy to apply, step-by-step, proven strategies that will boost ...

6)  Bailey has gone soft, someone needs to whip those interns into shape.

7)  You might say that the bunch of singers I whip into shape in such a short time can't really be called a 'choir'.

8)  To have a hassle free start, check all your equipment and whip it into shape. Clean, lubricate, refuel, test, charge, adjust -- everything you ...

9)  ... harsher punishments for unauthorised access or forgetting to encrypt data can whip the industry into shape.

10)  ... while an early deadline at work had me scrambling to whip intern copy into shape

11)  ... and playing musical entrées with our orders, but she whipped em into shape and had our orders all sorted out. 

12)  It's going to take time for the rest to be whipped into shape.

13)  Nell also whipped my eyebrows into shape rather painlessly. 

14)  I spent the summer getting Kismetology edited, whipped into shape and ready for release, and I can honestly say I've enjoyed every second.

15)  This may have been our greatest challenge yet as a professional choreographer whipped us into shape to make sure we had all our sultry tiger moves perfectly in time for the ...

16)  ... with the wild-eyed notion that they could be whipped into shape over an accelerated four year course and emerge on the other side as doctors.

17)  ... black is poorly pigmented. However, these poorer performing shades can be whipped into shape with a bit of water or mixing medium.

18)  She whipped us into shape and had us doing as exactly as we were told in no time.

19)  Read how she whipped herself into shape and shed 102 lbs along the way!

20)  ... it will need to be worked on, whipped into shape so as to be brought to a form that will generate interest, coverage, ...