see the error of (one's) ways

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see the error of (one's) ways

To realize that one has been wrong and/or has behaved poorly. I'm afraid it took me too long to see the error of my ways. But it's not too late for you. He'll never see the error of his ways if he keeps being rewarded for the bad decisions he's made.
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see the error of your ways

COMMON If you see the error of your ways, you realise that you have behaved badly and start to understand how you can do better. I wanted an opportunity to talk some sense into him and try to make him see the error of his ways. Note: You can also say that you realise the error of your ways. It took him a long time, he says, to realise the error of his ways. Note: You can also point out or show someone the error of their ways. He only responded when his players pointed out the error of his ways. But I firmly believe that many of these conservatives can be shown the error of their ways.
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THE judicial process can reflect on a job well done when the offender sees the error of his ways and returns to society a changed man.
Following a spot of grand theft auto with a victim called Scarlett, he later sees the error of his ways.
He starts to toe the line, sets his sights on beautiful would-be actress Sophie Maes (Fox) and finds himself getting invited to the A-list parties, but eventually sees the error of his ways.
It is a mistake for unions to imagine this was some kind of accident which Mr Brown will correct once he sees the error of his ways.
After doing his best to put a damper on everyone's Christmas he is paid a visit from the spirts of Christmas past, present, and future and sees the error of his ways.
The film stars Jack Black as the Hal, who only dates beautiful women, until he meets a self-help guru, sees the error of his ways and falls in love with the boss' very large daughter - Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit
A commitment-shy slob who left his pregnant fiancee at the altar sees the error of his ways five years later and vows to win her back by running the London Marathon.
Denis Murphy, MP for Wansbeck, Northumberland, said: "He should be locked up until he sees the error of his ways and is no longer a threat to the public.
It stars Mickey Rooney as an old thief (Elmer) who befriends a young child and eventually sees the error of his ways.
After being visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve, Scrooge finally sees the error of his ways and realises that spreading goodwill is more important than making money.