put/set something to rights
put (something) to rights
To restore or arrange something to its proper, natural, or original state or condition. I never worry about keeping my hotel room tidy, because I know they'll send someone to put it to rights once I leave. That new assistant is completely useless. Now I'm going to have to spend the entire weekend putting this contract to rights!
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set to rights
Also, put to rights. Place in proper condition or order. For example, The caterer promised to set the room to rights before he left, or Don't worry, the lawyer will put the will to rights. These terms date from the second half of the 1600s, although to rights in the sense of "in proper order" was first recorded about 1330. Also see set right.
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put/set something to ˈrightscorrect a situation, especially one which is unfair; put things in their right places or right order: As a young politician, she wanted to set the world to rights. ♢ It took me ages to put things to rights after the workmen had left.
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