set right(redirected from make something right)
set something rightand make something right; make something good; put something right
to correct something; to alter a situation to make it more fair. This is a very unfortunate situation. I'll ask the people responsible to set this matter right. I'm sorry that we overcharged you. We'll try to put it right. I know I owe you some money, but don't worry, I'll make it good.
set something right
to correct something to make it the way it should be put something right They believe that the world is unjust, and try to set it right whenever they get a chance.
Usage notes: often used in the form set things right: In many western movies, local people faced with gangs of bandits would hire a gunman to set things right.
Also, put right.
1. Place something in proper position; also, repair something. For example, Your tie is lopsided; let me set it right, or The faucets were in backwards but the plumber will soon put them right. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Correct someone, as in They thought he was married but he quickly set them right.
3. Make something accurate or fair, as in He offered to pay for the meal to put things right. Also see set straight.