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 ?
He had not mended his ways nor his shirt, though the latter he contended he had changed.
And he would let Ruth know, too, that he had mended his ways and was willing to go into her father's office.
The spokesman said that Sheikh Rashid Ahmed would be chased until he mended his ways.
Elizabeth Pearson, defending, said her client had mended his ways since being arrested a second time.
Chris Haigh of the Denbighshire youth offending team said the boy's father hoped to be in a position to have his children to stay with him from July 20 but would accept the teenager back only if he mended his ways.
But David Seville, 24, escaped jail yesterday after a judge heard that his housebound mother had cancer and he had mended his ways.
50 Imtalkinggibberish (stall 1) has mended his ways for being ridden with exaggerated confidence and Best Lead (2) is the interesting one at a price.
This means one of two things: Rider has mended his ways and will never be late for a team event again.
His lawyer said yesterday Martin had mended his ways and was looking after his wheelchair- bound mum and his dad, who has a bad heart.
The writers revealed: ``Fletcher mended his ways and decided to keep out of trouble.
While out on bond pending trial, Marshall mended his ways and became a community leader and anti-drug activist.
JEAN-Claude Van Damme has said he has mended his ways.
Lord Dawson told the High Court in Edinburgh he was placing William Murphy, 21, on probation because he had mended his ways since the offence.