mend fences

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Related to mend fences: gunning for, without a hitch, worse for wear

mend (one's) fences

To rectify a damaged relationship. After Jill heard that her father had become ill, she decided it was time for them to mend their fences before it was too late. The politician tried to mend his fences with his constituents after the scandal, but was not able to regain their trust before the next election.
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mend fences


mend your fences

COMMON If you mend fences or mend your fences, you do something to improve your relationship with someone you have argued with. Yesterday he was publicly criticised for not doing enough to mend fences with his big political rival. He had managed to annoy every member of the family and thought he'd better mend his fences. Note: You can call this process fence-mending. The king is out of the country on a fence-mending mission to the European Community.
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mend (your) fences

make peace with a person.
This expression originated in the late 19th century in the USA, with reference to a member of Congress returning to his home town to keep in touch with the voters and to look after his interests there. Similar notions are conjured up by the saying good fences make good neighbours .
1994 Louis de Bernières Captain Corelli's Mandolin He knew assuredly he should go and mend his fences with the priest.
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mend (your) ˈfences (with somebody)

(British English) find a solution to a disagreement with somebody: Is it too late to mend fences with your brother?
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mend fences

To improve poor relations, especially in politics: "Whatever thoughts he may have entertained about mending some fences with [them] were banished" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
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Perkins, currently head of the Alliance, said he tried to mend fences with O'Malley but was rebuffed.
It proceeded to mend fences with Protestants, Jews, and other religions.
Hell also need to mend fences with opposition politicians: his party failed to grab a two-thirds majority in Congress.
tried to mend fences with the black farmers of his south Arkansas district by introducing a resolution into Congress that asked the government to expedite paying the money it owes black farmers for past discrimination.
If China and Taiwan mend fences, the combination of Taiwan's money and expertise and China's labor force could lead to a strong, economic force.
A "professional beggar and scrounger of money," as Ellis says, the Trust supports communities and agencies in their efforts to mend fences and raise funds to keep I-90 green.
He did not hesitate to mend fences among board members, to extend gracious respect to Larkin's position as artistic director emerita, and to establish a friendly relationship with his predecessor.
This sensitivity is expected to remain for some time, analysts say, with neither country moving quickly to mend fences.
RETURNING from the Navy, young Harold Guppy (Rupert Graves) seeks out his brother in a last-ditch attempt to mend fences with his family.
But in the decade before his illness and incarceration, he retired from saving the world, worked hard to mend fences with his children, and took his beloved grandchildren for countless walks in the park.
Standing next to Tillerson, Cavusoglu said Turkey's relationship with the US "is at a critical stage", and the two allies need to decide whether "to mend fences, or go in a different direction," reported Al Jazeera.
Edmundo Pangilinan, chief of the 6th ID, as the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) try to mend fences after a clash between police commandos and Moro rebels on Jan.
NNA - Striving to mend fences with Bahrain, Prime Minister Tammam Salam alluded today to criticism leveled at Bahrain saying the ill-fated attempt failed to reflect the Lebanese government's true position.
The push is part of a broader try by Iran and China to mend fences after the cancellation of a separate project.
Pope Francis has done good work to mend fences since he became Pontiff but comments like this do him no favours.