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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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The divorce decree provided for the corporation to redeem Mrs.
This can be accomplished by making sure the property settlement stipulates that the corporation will redeem the transferring spouse's stock and that the transfer is not on the nontransferring spouse's behalf.
However, for various financial reasons, neither shareholder wants Basic to redeem all of Bert's stock.
Assume that Basic will redeem 300 shares from Bert.
Simultaneously, the corporation redeems from the estate the portion of the nonvoting stock covering the allowable taxes and expenses.
Logically, it would seem that a corporation that makes a bypass election and redeems stock in the same year would do the following:
A redeems F's 80% interest before X and Y's credit shelter trust is funded.
Care should be taken to ensure that the acquiring corporation does not indirectly provide the consideration provided by the target to redeem target stock or make distributions on it; see Waterman S.