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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Stokes told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I won't look back and say I redeemed myself or anything like that - I'm an athlete and a cricketer and it's what we are paid to do, to win trophies.
'I'm happy because this is my redemption year and I know I redeemed myself and somehow my road to recovery wasn't that easy because of the injuries and a lot of heartaches last year,' said Rivera.
It wasn't great to score an own goal but when I netted at the other end I felt like I had redeemed myself.
"I felt like I finally could have redeemed myself with that one."
"But I think I redeemed myself when I told him about the new Durhamgate Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme - he sounded genuinely impressed with the partnership with, and commitment from, the business community."
I'd redeemed myself. I mean how could I have carried out my challenge if I'd missed the opening production?
"I was out there earning the respect of people and the good news is that I felt like I'd redeemed myself for the downs I had," ABC News quoted him, as saying.
"Race one was a stupid mistake, I had a full tank of fuel and just pushed the front a bit too hard trying to catch the front runners and lost the front, but I think I redeemed myself in race two."
Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips (below): "One year, the only thing I got my mum Morfydd was a card, but I redeemed myself one year by getting her flowers and a meal at the Hurst House in Laugharne."
"I've redeemed myself. I should be number one for the European title and hopefully I can get a world-title fight against Valuev, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, any of them," he said.
and cooking programs." (in any case, I think I've redeemed myself with a contribution to National Public Radio, possibly the best source of information in the US.)
"I perhaps cost us a point when we lost to Arbroath last weekend but hopefully I've redeemed myself.
This time I redeemed myself. We all played the piano while Prince danced.
Go straight back on the diet and, with Natalie introducing heavier weights into my routine, feel I've redeemed myself. Have a minor slip on Thursday with a small portion of takeaway chicken curry and rice but it is about half what I would normally eat.