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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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.
They need to prove they've changed their ways before seeking a sales-tax increase.
He proposed a new law making them liable for prosecution under the Sex Discrimination Act unless they changed their ways.
Falcon said people with slum-housing records can get city loans, but it's rare, and they must prove they've changed their ways.