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set (something) right

To amend or correct something; to make something more accurate or fair. I appreciate that she offers to tidy my desk for me, but I always end up having to set it right afterwards. When it became apparent that the two teams were really lopsided, the gym teacher shuffled some kids around to set it right. I know I said some things I shouldn't have, so I'm here to set things right between us.
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set something right

 and make something right; make something good; put something right
to correct something; to alter a situation to make it more fair. This is a very unfortunate situation. I'll ask the people responsible to set this matter right. I'm sorry that we overcharged you. We'll try to put it right. I know I owe you some money, but don't worry, I'll make it good.
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set right

Also, put right.
1. Place something in proper position; also, repair something. For example, Your tie is lopsided; let me set it right, or The faucets were in backwards but the plumber will soon put them right. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Correct someone, as in They thought he was married but he quickly set them right.
3. Make something accurate or fair, as in He offered to pay for the meal to put things right. Also see set straight.
See also: right, set

put/set somebody ˈright


1 tell somebody the truth about something because they have not understood or they have the wrong information: She was telling everybody that I’d written the report so I soon put her right.
2 make somebody feel better: These tablets should put you right.
See also: put, right, set, somebody
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We're set right on the Ogallala Aquifer," says Alvin Hoefer, Kirby's dad.
Though it's not part of the alliteratively announced themes of the subtitle -- maybe "polemic" might have been added -- much of the energy of David Bergeron's essays in this collection derive from a sense of opposition or desire to set right the scholarly errors of both distant and recent past.
If a system cannot be set right over the telephone, the company will dispatch a technician to the newspaper within 48 hours.
It clears the way to see what needs to be set right.
when we can look homeward and move to set right what needs to be set right" in America.
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Siraj-ul- Haq said that unless and until accountability was begun from the top, the affairs of the state could not be set right.
NNA - Lebanese Forces Parliamentary Bloc Member, MP Antoine Zahra, deemed on Saturday that "democratic life in the country cannot be set right except by having an opposition existing outside the government.
He directed the Deputy Commissioner Sukkur to immediately set right the matters regarding weights in order to avoid any complaint especially in Ramazan.
When the promised devolution of power is introduced, this is one of the glaring inconsistencies which must be set right.
What about all of the land on the Kenilworth Road where mini forests appear in front of houses set right back o the road?
The cash is being raised in order to set right issues regarding the bank's capital levels.
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Mr Mladenov, who is now the United Nations Special Representative to Iraq, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the media had done well to try to set right such suggestions, saying they "show that this whole mass hysteria, which has been fanned out by some media outlets in the UK, has been purely politically-motivated and that there is no reason to believe that the UK will be swarmed by waves of immigrants from Bulgaria".
com that the 33-year-old basketball player is eager to repair his reputation so he can start playing the game professionally again, but he will only agree to the interview if the conditions are set right.