be set to rights(redirected from were set to rights)
be set to rights
To be restored to or arranged in the proper, natural, or original state or condition. I never worry about keeping my hotel room tidy, because it'll be set to rights after I leave anyway. That new assistant is completely useless. This entire contract is a sloppy mess, and now it has to be set to rights before Monday.
set to rights
Also, put to rights. Place in proper condition or order. For example, The caterer promised to set the room to rights before he left, or Don't worry, the lawyer will put the will to rights. These terms date from the second half of the 1600s, although to rights in the sense of "in proper order" was first recorded about 1330. Also see set right.