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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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The argument seems to be that closing Gitmo will make the Arab world think better of us, thereby causing Islamic terrorists to stop killing Americans.
We sense that people think better of us as parents and as people, and we're perfectly happy to accept credit for raising such an exceptional son or daughter.
If they do, they will almost immediately begin to think better of us. They will think, Hey!