the error of your ways

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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Wise voters showed you the error of your ways, Coun Wilson, failing to give you and the Conservatives their trust That's democracy
I appreciate that you think you've seen the error of your ways but it's taken you six years to realise.
You seem to have recognised the error of your ways,but only time will tell.
He believes he is The Man, and if you don't agree, he will work overtime to prove to you the error of your ways.
Like a stick that bends and goes crooked even in water, the line that is never made straight I am the error of your ways.