put (something) to rights

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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!
See also: put, right
References in classic literature ?
And, on finishing these words, the young man, perceiving that his enthusiasm had deranged one of his ruffles, set to work to put it to rights with the greatest care imaginable.
Following the cook's instructions, I had gone into Wolf Larsen's state-room to put it to rights and make the bed.