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Shape

Implies a three-dimensional definition that indicates outline and bulk of the outlined area.
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shape

1. Any of a number of metal bars or beams of uniform section, as an I-beam.
2. To cut a profile or detail, as a beaded or rounded edge on a board.
3. To work a material to a required pattern, as on a shaper.
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He gave me a funny look and said the only thing he had so far managed to whip into shape was himself.
and he had to whip into shape well enough to be in a position where they had their own destiny in their hands.
But he says steps will soon be taken, particularly when Dave Jones begins work in earnest, to whip into shape a wage structure that has spiralled out of control.