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.
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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
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Unable to see the road beyond his dissatisfaction, the young monk stayed faithful to his special Benedictine vows of stability (remaining in his monastery) and conversio morum, the continual willingness to allow God's grace to "change one's ways."