clean up (one's) act

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clean up (one's) act

To improve one's behavior. After I got in yet another fight at school, the headmaster told me that I had to clean up my act or else I'd be expelled.
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clean up your act

COMMON If a person or organization cleans up their act, they stop behaving badly or illegally. The Minister warned the press that privacy laws would be implemented unless newspapers cleaned up their act. There is enormous corruption in the game, but the game does not want to clean up its act.
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clean up your act

behave in a more acceptable manner. informal
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clean up your ˈact

(informal) start behaving in a moral or responsible way: He cleaned up his act and gave up the cigarettes and alcohol.
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clean up (one's) act

Slang
To improve one's behavior or performance.
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Yes, at a time when man is pouring noxious chemicals into his atmosphere and exacerbating the see-saw pattern of the earth's climate, we should be looking to clean up our act. But we will not do that by excavating our mountain tops to build access roads and laying concrete foundations for 250-ft wind turbines.