think better of it/(something)

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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 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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References in classic literature ?
Barry will think better of it when she finds you're not to blame.