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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"You may have redeemed yourself by now," she said, ever so quietly, "but I have always thought that there is something suspect about a girl who has not studied Latin".
You redeemed yourself by doing the story on Dusty's very nice Nighthawk he built.
After castigating the absurdity of (http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/396594/20121022/homeland-season-2-episode-3-review-state.htm) last week's episode , where both Brody and the plot got lost in the woods, you have completely redeemed yourself. 'New Car Smell' was a tense and nervy character study that renewed the cat and mouse game between Carrie and Brody and culminated in an explosive finale with the two at loggerheads.
You redeemed yourself partly by publishing a separate supplement on design.