redeem (one)self

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redeem (one)self

To make amends for one's past misdeeds or shortcomings by doing something positive. Matt's grades were not great at the beginning of the semester, but he's totally redeemed himself and gotten A's on every test since. My sister was mad at me for not spending time with her, so I redeemed myself by getting us tickets to see her favorite band.
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'I am ready to return the dowry he gave me to redeem myself from the marriage,'' she said.
I know I will be able to redeem myself at some point.
"I told them I had to come out and redeem myself."More than anything we got back, we guarded," Butler added, saying defense would be key going forward in the series.
"I had to redeem myself for that earlier error," said Hair, only a sophomore.
I wanted to redeem myself, to do it alcohol-free this time and show people the real me.
It was important for me to begin the tournament on a winning note as I want to redeem myself after last week's early exit which impacted badly on my ranking,' she said.
"I think finals will definitely cheer me up because I get to redeem myself and show people who I really am."
"I walked out the door six or seven years ago and it broke my heart but I jumped at the chance to redeem myself and put things right.
Redman said: "I was so relieved to score as I gave away the free-kick that led to their goal so needed to redeem myself.
Right now, I have to redeem myself in front of my countrymen.
"Waking up this morning my goal was just to redeem myself after the mistake, do the team proud, and try and get the points back.
Of course, I could redeem myself in the Dressing Race which no self respecting Liverpool champion would bother to enter.
Hopefully, I get a chance to redeem myself in years to come." Lahiri was speaking of the three- foot putt he missed on the 18th, one that may have given the Internationals one half of the Presidents Cup they last got to share in 2003.
"I also think it gives me a chance to redeem myself a bit and do them better than I did on X Factor!" Two of Lola's biggest supporters on her X Factor journey were her gran and grandad and as expected they had prime seats to see their granddaughter on home turf.