change (one's) tune(redirected from change their tune)
change (one's) tune
To change one's attitude, opinion, manner, or stance on something, typically in a way that is more positive or agreeable. The mention of a hefty tip really changed the host's tune, so I think he'll be able to find us a table after all. After I threatened him with no allowance, my son changed his tune and started doing his chores.
change someone's tune
to change the manner of a person, usually from bad to good, or from rude to pleasant. The teller was most unpleasant until she learned that I'm a bank director. Then she changed her tune. "I will help change your tune by fining you $150," said the judge to the rude defendant.
change one's tune
Also, sing another or a different tune . Reverse one's views or behavior, switch sides, as in When she realized she was talking to the bank president, she quickly changed her tune, or I bet Dan will sing a different tune when he finds out what the salary is. A version of this term, sing another song, dates from about 1300, and it has been theorized that it alludes to itinerant minstrels who changed the words of their songs to please their current audience. The first locution was already in use by 1600. Also see dance to another tune.
change your tune
COMMON If someone changes their tune, they express a different opinion about something from the one they had expressed before. Wait till they see you in action. They'll change their tune then. You've changed your tune. You were the one who wanted us to be a family act. Note: You can also talk about someone's change of tune. These comments mark a change of tune from the president.
change your tuneexpress a very different opinion or behave in a very different way, usually in response to a change in circumstances.
change your ˈtune(informal) change your opinion about or your attitude to somebody/something: Tom used to say that parents worry too much about their children, but he soon changed his tune when he became a parent himself!
change (one's) tune
To alter one's approach or attitude.