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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THE parents of two teenage Metro menaces have been warned they face eviction unless their children change their ways.
During the visit, the council's safer estates team issued their parents with a "Notice of Seeking Possession", meaning their council tenancies could be terminated if their children don't change their ways.
Promoters who do not change their ways should be in no doubt HMRC is taking swift and decisive action to use these new rules.
It is obvious to me that there are among us those who do not want to change their ways and are in denial of the evidence that we must make adjustments to how we operate.
but, after shedding tears of guilt and regret, both resolved to change their ways.
A new study commissioned by the AICPA shows that the target group for the Feed the Pig campaign--Americans aged 25-34--faces an uncertain financial future unless they change their ways.
Kevin Kuczynski, a USDA nutritionist, says that breakfast-skipping teens should change their ways.
Department of Agriculture, says these teens should change their ways.
The rich man begs that Lazarus, who is in heaven with Abraham, be sent to warn his rich brothers of the torture that awaits them unless they change their ways.
For the guilty players, a return to basketball should be contingent upon an apology coupled with a binding commitment to change their ways - probation, if you will.
What are now rich forest areas for harvesting Brazil nuts might wane into an impoverished old age unless harvesters change their ways, warns a large international group of scientists.
NOTHING NEW Campaigner Jack Hardman says fines are no good - people must change their ways.
Other reasons were to change people's attitudes -- to cause someone to feel love, or to make someone who wielded their power cruelly, such as the owner who beat a slave, change their ways.
But the world's perception is that Canada overlogs, forcing forestry companies to bow to the environmentalist, consumer and retail pressure to change their ways.