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think (the) better of (one)

To have an improved opinion of someone; to hold someone in higher regard or esteem than previously. Your boss will think better of you if you stand up for yourself. I don't really care whether they think the better of us or not—we're doing this because it's the right thing to do.
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think better of it/(something)

To decide against doing something because one realizes it is not a good idea. I was going to try to steal the other team's mascot costume, but I thought better of it when I saw the security guard at the entrance. I'm glad you thought better of dying your hair white. It would not have been a good look for you.
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think better of someone or something

to raise one's opinion of someone or something. I think better of him since I saw how well he does in the sales meetings. I hope that you will think better of the plan now.
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think better of something

to reconsider doing something and end up not doing it. I hope that you will think better of what you are doing and how many people you are hurting. I will think better of making such a careless remark next time.
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think better of

Reconsider, change one's mind about, as in I hope you'll think better of it before you quit your job. [c. 1600]
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think ˈbetter of it/of doing something

decide not to do something that you were intending to do: He was about to say something, but then he thought better of it and kept quiet.
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think better of

To change one's mind about (a course of action) after reconsideration: I almost bought an expensive watch, but then I thought better of it.
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think better of

To change one's mind about; reconsider.
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If they do, they will almost immediately begin to think better of us.
"I have listened to the words of Roberto Carlos, Flavio Conceicao and even Panucci, and they have made me think better of moving," he added.
If claimants know that lies will be exposed, perhaps they will think better of blaming and claiming.
I hope that some publicity will make them think better of it.
More than half of voters believe the appointment of two more women to Cameron's Cabinet is window dressing and doesn't make them think better of the Tories, according to an opinion poll.
That may be so, but our leaders better think better of raiding ordinary family's finances again.
Norwich was invented in a desperate bid to make us think better of Ipswich.