set (something) right

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set (something) right

To amend or correct something; to make something more accurate or fair or return it to its desired position or status. 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.
See also: right, set

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
References in classic literature ?
"It would have been sheer waste of time--to say nothing of its also implying a want of confidence in my wife--if I had attempted to set things right by disputing Mercy's conclusion.
Levin felt himself to blame, and could not set things right. He felt that if they had both not kept up appearances, but had spoken, as it is called, from the heart--that is to say, had said only just what they were thinking and feeling--they would simply have looked into each other's faces, and Konstantin could only have said, "You're dying, you're dying," and Nikolay could only have answered, "I know I'm dying, but I'm afraid, I'm afraid, I'm afraid!" And they could have said nothing more, if they had said only what was in their hearts.
So, as I told you, the son found our neighbourhood the surest place he could choose to set things right secretly in his own interests.
I tried to set things right. I told him that she had merely repeated, like a parrot, the words she had heard me say and that she knew no particulars whatever, because I had mentioned none.
Not, of course, to speak in the caressing way into which he had unguardedly fallen before dinner, but to set things right with her by a kindness which would have the air of friendly civility, and prevent her from running away with wrong notions about their mutual relation.
Could it be possible that the will had set things right at last and that Richard and Ada were going to be rich?
"I have heard of your new prospects," pursued Norah, speaking with a mechanical submissiveness of manner which seemed almost ungracious; "I wished to set things right between us; I wished to say I was sorry for what happened.
Tomorrow, tomorrow-- Ah, but if only I could set things right tomorrow, and be born again, and rise again from the dead!
Sillerton Jackson, pricking up his ears; and while Lefferts tried to turn the question with a laugh, the old gentleman twittered into Archer's ear: "Queer, those fellows who are always wanting to set things right. The people who have the worst cooks are always telling you they're poisoned when they dine out.
I will stick at nothing, and Miss Silvester (as you will see by her letter) will stick at nothing either, to set things right. Of course, I have not said one word to my darling Blanche, who is quite happy, and suspects nothing.
So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world.
They have been telling the people in plain words how miserable was the national economy and what they are doing to set things right and move forward and onward on the path of progress, development and prosperity for the welfare and well-being of the people at large throughout country.
But for this the government should set things right at the national flag carrier.
Manoj Sheoran, president of the Overseas wing of Congress in Australia said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had failed to fulfil its promises in the past five years and therefore the people should vote for Congress to set things right.
Indeed, it is not only about bad governance; it is clear that his latest attempt to set things right must extend to his party too.