the error of (one's) ways

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the error of (one's) ways

What has been wrong, hurtful, or unfair about one's behavior or way of life. He'll never see the error of his ways if he keeps being rewarded for the bad decisions he's made. I'm afraid it took me too long to realize the error of my ways. But it's not too late for you.
See also: error, of, way

the ˌerror of your ˈways

(formal or humorous) what is wrong and should be changed about the kind of life you are leading: While he was in prison, a social worker visited him in an attempt to make him see the error of his ways.
See also: error, of, way
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Just so she gets the order correct next time, the mild-mannered Whisperer pointed out the error of her ways.
Michelle and Roy join forces to make Carla see the error of her ways - but will their tough love work?
Hopefully she's seen sense now and understands the error of her ways.
Miss Babs (Sara Crowe), Miss Berta (Lisa Peace) and Miss Bonnie (Kim Ismay), the evil triplet who sees the error of her ways, keep the plot moving while we wait to see if Mr Clifford (Teddy Kempner) will get his memory back and remember who he is engaged to and if loan shark Tony (Alistair Robins) will eventually find his heart.
Musgrave, she evidently had no inclination to engage the Republican lawmaker in dialogue about the error of her ways.
First is ``The Trip Back,'' a 1970 documentary about a reformed junkie, prostitute and convict who traveled to high schools to lecture students about the error of her ways.
Crystal Amini-Rad, its vice president and general manager, was quick to see the error of her ways.
Friedan accused Schwartz of "retrofeminism" (whatever that is), and Faludi, in her book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, claims Schwartz "recanted" her original proposal, seeing the error of her ways.
I wish I could convince her of the error of her ways,'' Goss said.
8million windfall this week might show her the error of her ways.