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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.
set something rightand 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.
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.
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.