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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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Shahbaz Sharif warned the sugar mill owners to mend their ways as he would not tolerate any damage to farmers' stakes and would go to every extent to protect their interests.
If countries China, US, India and Russia which are major contributors to global warming do not mend their ways, there will only be disaster everywhere.
We welcome the efforts of the Church to help these cops mend their ways.
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.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters in Islamabad that elements opposed to negotiations would face action if they did not mend their ways.
now they all need to mend their ways," the SP supremo said at a function to mark the 111th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
They said: "The National League for Democracy party (NLD) have to mend their ways, begging public pardon for the acts they have breached in their interests, at the expense of that of the nation.
Instead, troublesome yobs will have personal possessions like iPods and assorted bits of bling confiscated by police if they fail to mend their ways.
A LOT of people know that their lives don't measure up; know that they ought drastically to mend their ways.
A HEARTFELT letter written by a 10-year-old girl to a burglar who raided her home is being sent to criminals in an attempt to make them mend their ways this Christmas.
The notices give the fast food outlets 28 days to mend their ways or their owners will face a fixed penalty fine of pounds 300 or legal action if they fail to pay.