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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But when the Christians came into power, when the holy Mother Church became mistress of the barbarians, she taught them the error of their ways by no such means.
Jurgis and his companions went south on Halsted Street; past the hotel, and then suddenly half a dozen men started across the street toward them and proceeded to argue with them concerning the error of their ways.
But they are also dangerous idiots who need to be taught the error of their ways.
The euphoria currently enjoyed by the SNP, who have managed to delude so many in our nation, will eventually subside and, hopefully, people will realise before it is too late the error of their ways.
The letter, published in a national newspaper, urged his captors to see the error of their ways and added the behaviour of "so-called 'Muslims' cannot be justified anywhere in the Quran".
How many babies will they put at risk before they see the error of their ways.
We can only hope and pray they see the error of their ways and realise the futility of their actions.
Will the crack team of driving instructors be able to make them see the error of their ways before someone is seriously hurt by their selfish actions?
So a bunch of car thieves find out when Statham uses a hurling stick to show them the error of their ways.
Barry Sheerman and his Jeremy Benthamite radicals need to set the error of their ways, whilst the Kirklees Liberal-Labour led council with Clr Smithson and Clr Paul Kane should see the error of their ways, so that Clr Robert Light and Clr Andrew Palfreeman et al, can restore the council and a more sure footing and re-establish sensible Tory values again.
While Ford didn't win over any new 'Buy' ratings, the Neutral-raters may be seeing the error of their ways.
They're points Karl Hogg and Craig Miller might care to ponder now they have the chance to learn the error of their ways through hard work while free, rather than from behind bars.
We believe and we hope that over time folks will understand the error of their ways and lift the restrictions," he added.
Mr Albon said: "People were tardy in providing the necessary information and they now realise the error of their ways.
Let's hope with the turmoil in the financial markets that money lenders have learned the error of their ways - though I wouldn't bank on it.