Changed their ways - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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change (one's) ways
To start behaving in a different, usually preferable, way. After I got in yet another fight at school, the headmaster told me that I had to change my ways or else I'd be expelled. No matter how old you are, there is still time to change your ways.
change your ˈways start to live or behave in a different way from before: I’ve learned my lesson and I’m going to try to change my ways. ♢ It’s unlikely your boss will change his ways.
References in periodicals archive
Instead of a formula which allows dangerous criminals to walk free, whether they have changed their ways
or not, the Scottish Executive should start using common sense.
They need to prove they've changed their ways
before seeking a sales-tax increase.
He proposed a new law making them liable for prosecution under the Sex Discrimination Act unless they changed their ways
Falcon said people with slum-housing records can get city loans, but it's rare, and they must prove they've changed their ways