gets religion

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somebody gets religion

someone's behavior suddenly changes because of a better understanding of something After the attacks, the administration suddenly got religion about tracking down terrorists' bank accounts.
Usage notes: usually said to show you think someone should have changed their behavior sooner
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of get religion (to suddenly become very religious)
See also: get, religion
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True to her spiritual calling, Ndegeocello gets religions on "Fellowship": "If you believe that your God is better than another man / How you gonna end all your suffering and strife?