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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.
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.
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.
2m of Vietnam redeemable issued outstanding shares at an average price of USD1.