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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They don't mean any harm, I'm sure, but if they knew how we fellows talked about them afterward, they'd mend their ways, I fancy."
'The water accumulated in the streets is not rainwater but overflowing sewage, and the problem can be solved only when the KWSB and the SSWMB mend their ways,' Akhtar said, claiming that the 'SSWMB spent Rs24 billion on cleaning Karachi but could not get rid of tonnes of garbage present on the streets.'
I dug the road without any clue of what would happen later but my efforts have made me famous and I now have a donation of two grade cows, animal feeds and a tap water," the jovial Muchami said, adding that he will endeavour to speak to drug users to mend their ways.Mr Muchami, who now works as a guard at Kaganda Primary School, said that due to his past record and poverty, he has never married.
Judge Kalwar reprimanded doctors and paramedics for their criminal negligence and warned them to mend their ways or face legal action.
ANOTHER MUST SEE ...BANGED UP: TEENS BEHIND BARS Channel 4, 9pm Eight British teen tearaways are locked in one of America's toughest jails in a bid to help them mend their ways.
Chairing a meeting to review prices of essential items here at his office, he also warrned those creating artificial price-hike and said that they should mend their ways otherwise legal action would be taken against them.
He said that the rich should mend their ways and prefer locally manufactured items to help the government improve the prevailing situation.
He warned the shopkeepers that artificial price will not be tolerated and if the shopkeepers did not mend their ways, heavy fines will be imposed on them besides sending them to jail
KARACHI -- Additional Inspector General of Police Dr Amir Sheikh said on Sunday that the black sheep in the police department, supporting criminals, had been given ample time to mend their ways but now it has become intolerable.
Badin -- The PPP leaders have warned the federal and Punjab governments to mend their ways and provide the due share water of Sindh.
by Times News ServiceMotorists, who use their headlights to endanger other drivers, stop their vehicles on the side of the road, or regularly use closed or under-construction roads have just four days to mend their ways or face higher fines.
"We welcome the efforts of the Church to help these cops mend their ways. However, we hope the Church exercises due diligence as there are drug protectors, kidnappers, kotong (police officials into extortion) and ninja (corrupt) cops who want to destroy the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
He said that those engaged in negative politics should mend their ways for the sake of the country and the nation.
Calinawan was among self-confessed peddlers and addicts who presented themselves to the police last week during the Oplan Tokhang, a campaign where police knock on the houses of drug suspects to ask them to surrender and mend their ways.
MUMS and dads of of two teenage Metro menaces have been warned they could lose their homes if their daughters do not mend their ways.