mend (one's) ways

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mend (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 mend my ways or else I'd be expelled. No matter how old you are, there is still time to mend your ways.
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mend one's ways

Fig. to improve one's behavior. John used to be very wild, but he's mended his ways. You'll have to mend your ways if you go out with Mary. She hates people to be late.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

mend one's ways

Improve one's behavior, as in Threatened with suspension, Jerry promised to mend his ways. This expression, transferring a repair of clothes to one of character, was first recorded in 1868, but 150 or so years earlier it had appeared as mend one's manners.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

mend your ways

COMMON If someone mends their ways, they stop behaving badly or illegally and improve their behaviour. He seemed to accept his sentence meekly, promising to work hard in prison and to mend his ways. When asked if he intended to mend his ways, he told us `I'll try my best.'
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

mend your ˈways

(British English) improve your behaviour, way of living, etc: If Richard doesn’t mend his ways, they’ll throw him out of college.
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"If I did harmful or silly things, I'd thank you for telling me of them, and I'd try to mend my ways," answered Rose heartily.
How can she expect me to mend my ways at that rate?'
LOOKING back now to my wild childhood days I cannot ever recall thinking that I had to mend my ways On remand at Mill House near Carlisle Maybe it was then that I began to realise From being a youngster of 10 years of age I had been on a constant unbelievable rampage Causing chaos and disruption were ever I went This punishment to me was heaven sent Now that I was given another chance My life back then began to enhance It would be a lie to say I had completely changed But my new life as from then would be arranged Now it is hard to describe how I feel Alas, like many others my childhood was not ideal.
Cornwell, 59, in a track titled "Please don't put me on a slow boat to Trowbridge", promises to "mend my ways" rather than endure a visit.
Teaching me how to mend my ways. Liking me when I needed love.