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.
See also: act, clean, up
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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.
See also: act, clean, up
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clean up (one's) act

Slang
To improve one's behavior or performance.
See also: act, clean, up
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Earlier this year Durham City council provided hundreds of free pouches, or "Stubbis" to help smokers clean up their act.
Enforcement officers are now challenging residents in the Burn Valley/Rift House area to clean up their act.
Armed with this knowledge, these children are calling on adults who drop their litter to clean up their act.
auto industry will keep churning out gas guzzlers unless the EPA's new regulations force them to clean up their act. "That's going to be a big policy debate," says Mike Walsh, director of the EPA's air and radiation division from 1977 to 1981.
People who dump rubbish at a closed civic tip were today urged to clean up their act.
In a catch-22 that squeezes workers from both sides, OSHA doesn't have enough power to force sloppy employers to clean up their acts. And the agency has been notoriously reluctant to use what little power it does have.