Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
mend (one's) fences
To rectify a damaged relationship. After Jill heard that her father had become ill, she decided it was time for them to mend their fences before it was too late. The politician tried to mend his fences with his constituents after the scandal, but was not able to regain their trust before the next election.
Least said, soonest mended.
An unfortunate or painful event, situation, or memory will be forgotten (and thus mended in one's mind) more easily if it is not discussed. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "I can't believe I lost so much money on that investment." B: "Ah well, least said, soonest mended."
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.
mend (one's) pace
old-fashioned To begin moving faster, especially to meet the speed of another person. Noticing me behind him, the man mended his pace, and I mended mine, until we both began running through the crowded alleyways.
least said, soonest mendedBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If someone says least said, soonest mended, they mean that it is best not to say too much about something bad that has happened. I didn't mention the matter again. Least said, soonest mended is what I always say.