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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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redeeming feature

A positive aspect or attribute of an otherwise bad or unpleasant person or thing. Often emphasized by "one" or "only." My boss's only redeeming feature is that he's pretty relaxed about us taking the odd day off before or after the weekend. The one redeeming feature of my long commute to work is that I get the chance to read plenty of books.
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redeeming feature

A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn't very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of "compensate."
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a redeeming ˈfeature

something good or positive about somebody/something that is otherwise bad: Her one redeeming feature is her generosity.The only redeeming feature of the hotel was the swimming pool. Apart from that, it was the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
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All tickets are subject to availability; not redeemable for cash or any food or drink.
The holding company is owned by the stockholders, and would therefore show the liability for the mandatorily redeemable stock.
Redeemable preferred stock, however, involves an obligation to redeem it at a specified price and time.
Redeemable day of visit for one ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal value, from 1 p.
5% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock will be provided by DRA as it becomes available and is available on DRA's website at www.
A company that issues mandatorily redeemable preferred stock simultaneously incurs a contractual obligation to redeem the stock for a specified or determinable amount on a specified or determinable date.
75% Series C cumulative redeemable preferred shares, USD0.
Anthracite also granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 450,000 shares of Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock to cover over-allotments, if any.
Reinsurance company PartnerRe Ltd (NYSE:PRE) (Euronext:PRE) reported on Friday that its board of directors has declared dividends on its Series C and Series D cumulative redeemable preferred shares for the quarter ended 31 August 2010.
The Mills Corporation (NYSE:MLS) announced the tax reporting information (Federal Form 1099) for the year 2006 distributions on its Common Stock, Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, Series F Convertible Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
2m of Vietnam redeemable issued outstanding shares at an average price of USD1.
AMEX: PTT), a leading consolidator and operator of adult nightclubs, announced today that it has completed the conversion of the balance of its Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes and the majority of its Redeemable Preferred Stock to Common Stock.
50 per Series G Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Share of beneficial interest of the Company, payable on January 17, 2007 to shareholders of record on December 29, 2006.
5% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred stock to be paid on December 15, 2006 to shareholders of record on December 1, 2006.
NYSE: TMA) today announced that it priced an underwritten public offering of 4,000,000 shares of Series D Adjusting Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock at $25.