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
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Why do people come to live in this country and then expect us to change our ways to accommodate them?
The then president of the European Commission said: "It is certain that, if we do not change our ways whilst there is still time, our society will risk dislocation and collapse." We still haven't changed our ways; and we are now scrapping each year 55 billion [pounds sterling]worth of imported goods which we cannot afford, as well as everything else.
We need to change our ways and that won't necessarily be cheap.
The scientists of all the participating countries of the United Nations have carried out research and issued warnings about what could happen by the end of this century unless we change our ways, and they are accused of scaremongering.
If we want to change our ways, we need to change completely; it's no use putting on an appearance of being kind, while in our heart we're still unkind.
Many people realise it is imperative we change our ways if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.
And we are forecast to squander pounds 11bn of energy in the next four years unless we change our ways.
"And while most of the congregation was gay or bisexual, she told us we were all going to hell if we didn't change our ways."
It becomes a question of our determination and desire to change our ways. Individuals and enterprises must therefore be educated.
According to one company official, "Showell Farms operates under the rollof-the-dice philosophy; we won't change our ways until something bad happens."
For, they reckon, the tragedy of war-torn Yugoslavia is only the beginning - unless we all change our ways.
If we want to change our ways, we have to change completely if we want it to last.