mend (one's) ways

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mend (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 mend my ways or else I'd be expelled. No matter how old you are, there is still time to mend your ways.
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mend one's ways

Fig. to improve one's behavior. John used to be very wild, but he's mended his ways. You'll have to mend your ways if you go out with Mary. She hates people to be late.
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mend one's ways

Improve one's behavior, as in Threatened with suspension, Jerry promised to mend his ways. This expression, transferring a repair of clothes to one of character, was first recorded in 1868, but 150 or so years earlier it had appeared as mend one's manners.
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mend your ways

COMMON If someone mends their ways, they stop behaving badly or illegally and improve their behaviour. He seemed to accept his sentence meekly, promising to work hard in prison and to mend his ways. When asked if he intended to mend his ways, he told us `I'll try my best.'
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mend your ˈways

(British English) improve your behaviour, way of living, etc: If Richard doesn’t mend his ways, they’ll throw him out of college.
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References in classic literature ?
Give him the needle and thread and let him mend his ways.
As Francois's whip backed him up, Buck found it to be cheaper to mend his ways than to retaliate.
He'll get wus nor oneasy, one of these days, if he don't mend his ways.
This so grieved the father that he died; yet, in spite of his mother's tears and prayers, Aladdin did not mend his ways.
If the King does not mend his ways," said one of the knights, "we will drive his whole accursed pack of foreign blood-suckers into the sea.
He did not mend his ways,' said Naparato, adding that Panaligan continued to use drugs even after he completed the program.
It also isn't the best start as he looks to mend his ways after the whole Hull furore.
A PROLIFIC offender with 128 offences on his record was given a chance to mend his ways.
Lauren is also shocked when Rainie reveals what the barman has been up to, and decides to help him mend his ways.
It came after Gregory wrote a letter to a local paper promising to mend his ways shortly before ending a nine-week stretch for over 80 offences.
30pm) Joy's behaviour disappoints Earl, who is unhappy to learn that she is still conning people with an old trick that they devised together before he decided to mend his ways.
According to the release, Mukhtar had failed to live up to the expectations of the BSP where he was given entry on the promise that he would mend his ways.
The order would entail twice a week one-to-one consultations with members of the youth offending teamto get the youngster to mend his ways and stop offending.
He says God sent him a down-and-out to show him where he was headed if he didn't mend his ways.