set (something) to rights

set (something) to rights

To restore something to its proper, natural, or original state or condition. I never worry about keeping my hotel room tidy, because I know they'll send someone to set it to rights once I leave. I'm going to have to spend the entire weekend setting this contract to rights after the intern mangled it.
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set to rights

Also, put to rights. Place in proper condition or order. For example, The caterer promised to set the room to rights before he left, or Don't worry, the lawyer will put the will to rights. These terms date from the second half of the 1600s, although to rights in the sense of "in proper order" was first recorded about 1330. Also see set right.
See also: right, set, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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