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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But campaigners insisted they would keep holding the rallies at the gates of the Dail until the politicians inside changed their ways.
It is now obvious that this once strict policy of isolating and opposing Islamist and other militant groups until they unilaterally changed their ways has not worked, and will not work.
Instead of a formula which allows dangerous criminals to walk free, whether they have changed their ways or not, the Scottish Executive should start using common sense.
He proposed a new law making them liable for prosecution under the Sex Discrimination Act unless they changed their ways.
Even if the European Court of Human Rights had had its way and imposed its will on the UK Government, it's hard to imagine that parents - who have used this form of punishment sensibly for generations - would have changed their ways.