change (one's) tune

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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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

change your tune

express a very different opinion or behave in a very different way, usually in response to a change in circumstances.
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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!
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

change (one's) tune

To alter one's approach or attitude.
See also: change, tune
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

change one's tune, to

To reverse one’s views, change one’s mind, switch sides in a controversy. The analogy is very old; John Gower wrote, ca. 1394, “Now schalt thou singe an other song,” and the actual phrase, “change your tune,” appears in a ballad about Robin Hood (one of the Child ballads) from about 1600. And a character in Samuel Beckett’s novel, The Unnameable (1953), says, “I have my faults, but changing my tune is not one of them.”
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