mend 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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Without the parental control, the sprightly youth, following a brush with corruption in their early years, have refused to mend ways and have carried on with their jaded lack of morality and civility, even into advancing years though -- as the future will soon tell -- with the waning virility of a fast- approaching middle age.
We must mend ways of the black sheep in our society," he said adding such elements start levelling baseless allegations against honest officers in case of any attempt by seniors to set things right.
Murtaza Mughal asked the government to mend ways, resolve issues of masses and ensure justice so that failed politicians could not flare up masses in future.
Secretary of Homs branch of al-Bth Party Subhi Harb said reconciliations that are continuing afoot present a chance for all those who have been enticed to get involved in wrongful acts to mend ways, hailing the immense efforts of government in this regard.
Pervez Khattak said we started change by ourselves first abd then asked others to mend ways and deliver.
It seems that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also eager to mend ways with the Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP), as he has not removed any of the PPP ministers from his cabinet after he was reinstated to the post.