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go legit

To begin behaving honestly after previous involvement with nefarious or illegal activities. Yes, he got into a lot of trouble when he was a teenager, but he's gone legit now, I swear.
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go legit

begin to behave honestly after a period of illegal activity. informal
Legit was originally a late 19th-century theatrical abbreviation meaning ‘a legitimate actor’, that is, one who acts in ‘legitimate theatre’ (conventional or serious drama).
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After leaving he worked for an illegal street bookmaker before going legit and learning the tic-tac signs used in the trade.
Alex Malouf says it's high time the PR and communications industry began getting accreditation and going legit. Jonty Summers from Hanover looks at the particular spirit of the region and the challenges it presents when working with international firms.
Mr King, the boss of the criminal underworld, dreams of going legit and attaining respectability through his daughter Grainne's career in show business but when her career falls apart, so too do his plans.
Living on the wrong side of the law comes at a price and Tommy hopes to safeguard his family''s future by going legit.
Is Hamas going legit? Reconciliationthe creation of a unity government consisting of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, which was already tried and failed once this yearwould require Hamas to convincingly renounce violence and, probably, the elimination of the Jewish state as its mission.
The biggest Arkansas Razorbacks fan Web site is going legit.
RAFAH: Gaza's smugglers are going legit: The owners of hundreds of tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border have registered with the Hamas authorities, signed pledges to pay workers' compensation and hooked up their underground operations to the local electricity network.
In another case, a Midland law graduate turned bootlegger revealed how he made thousands of pounds before 'going legit' and investing his ill-gotten gains in the restaurant business.
in San Bernardino, California, and former Black Digerati (see "Going Legit," Techwatch, July 2001).
When I was first asked how I felt about going legit I said: "I don't feel too grand about it, let alone a hundred grand!"
And, in any case, everyone seems to be going legit now."
The Biograph isn't the only movie theater going legit. Octogenarian entrepreneur Tony De Santis (who once owned a chain of suburban Chi legit houses under the Drury Lane moniker) is spending $9 million on a musical venue developed in the shell of a frowner movie house at the Water Tower Place shopping mall--the epicenter of Chi's tourist trade.
Giving evidence, Groom-bridge, boasted that his profits had increased since 'going legit' following the raid.
Not that every one of the 4,000 titles is going legit. "No one is talking about putting James Bond onstage," says Denkert.
Lyricfind.com, a business founded by a quartet of students at Canada's University of Waterloo, apparently is on the verge of going legit. Founded in the spring of 2000, the site has compiled a database of about 50,000 song lyrics, with the added twist that it lets visitors search not just by song title or artist, but by lyric.