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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 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 (the) ˈbetter of somebody

have a higher opinion of somebody: She has behaved appallingly — I must say I thought better of her.
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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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Let's hope that now the licensing issue has been resolved those responsible for these totally unnecessary and unwarranted comments think better of them and apologise.
It is crystal clear that the likes of David Cameron see these occasions as a chance to attach themselves to good news, in the hope that people will somehow think better of them.
If these people have a grievance I would think better of them if they found some other way of making their point than causing so much upset for ordinary people who, like themselves, work hard for their money and deserve a decent holiday.