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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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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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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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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A little time has been left to mend our ways, lest we are ousted from WC like Afghanistan.
In the passage of life we all do right and wrong One should not ponder on either for too long We are all sinners one way or another As we upset our sisters and brothers Our sins are not always easy to forget But our good deeds are forgotten much quicker I bet Best not say too much on sin or deed Off such words our enemies can feed We are all born sinners so the Bible says And others pray for us to mend our ways Righteousness and sin are on opposite hand And right and wrong some can struggle to understand Folk often sin without doing any great harm So try not panic or cause any alarm GEORGE McLANDERS