change (one's) ways

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change (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 change my ways or else I'd be expelled. No matter how old you are, there is still time to change your ways.
See also: change, way

change your ˈways

start to live or behave in a different way from before: I’ve learned my lesson and I’m going to try to change my ways.It’s unlikely your boss will change his ways.
See also: change, way
References in classic literature ?
A man at his age cannot change his ways. I am sure he would be miserable."
The prince found out afterwards that this gentleman made it his business to amaze people with his originality and wit, but that it did not as a rule "come off." He even produced a bad impression on some people, which grieved him sorely; but he did not change his ways for all that.
Mansaya had earlier surrendered to the police who were enforcing Oplan Tokhang, and had promised to change his ways.
judge almost three years ago that he was homeless and that he wanted to go to jail so he could change his ways. Video provided by CBC
A teenager who went on a mugging spree armed with a screwdriver has converted to Islam in prison in a bid to change his ways, a court heard.
JAMES O'Connor has some regrets from the recent British and Irish Lions series but has vowed to change his ways in order to remain in the Australia fold.
He once said to me: "Tomorrow it'll be 20 years since the doctors told me I'd two years to live if I changed my ways - and six months if I didn't." So much for medical Advice, although he did, indeed, change his ways.
During an interview with 'The View', the 70-year-old former vice president of the US said that his wife, Lynne, never formally intervened to sideline his revelry, but once they were married in their early 20s in 1964, he realised he needed to change his ways.
Defence solicitor Robert Vickery said: "He has made an effort to change his ways."
A MUM locked up because of her truant son says she hopes her spell behind bars will make him change his ways.
A GRAFFITI artist vowed to change his ways after being caught scratching his signature markings into the window of a Birmingham pub.
If you let him know you won't stand for bullying, he may change his ways. If not, it is time to take things further.
US PRESIDENT George Bush is to change his ways and tone down his taunting of terrorists.
The 16-year-old was given a referral order for 12 months at Mold Youth Court in a bid to change his ways.
Always afraid of taking risks, Joe realizes that he must change his ways in order to help Ed and to take charge of his own future.