Definition of mend one's ways in English:

mend one's ways

phrase

  • Improve one's habits or behaviour.

    ‘she told Vincent to clear out of the house if he couldn't mend his ways’
    • ‘Those who refuse to mend their ways could be fined if their children do not show up at school.’
    • ‘The player himself realised that if he didn't mend his ways quickly, his international career might well be over.’
    • ‘I urge people not to buy goods from these companies until they mend their ways.’
    • ‘Consumers in those countries can point to good repayment records after a default to show they have mended their ways.’
    • ‘I hope they will choose to mend their ways rather than pay the fixed penalty fines that we will certainly impose.’
    • ‘He is humble, certainly, but has he mended his ways?’
    • ‘Those who failed to mend their ways and continued to disrupt their communities with noise, vandalism and harassment might face eviction.’
    • ‘The rest need to try that bit harder to keep their properties and the area around them in good order in the hope of shaming the scruffy minority into mending their ways.’
    • ‘He was released on appeal after less than a year and claimed to have mended his ways, taking a college art course.’
    • ‘He had also been convicted twice before for drink-driving, so he had ample opportunities to mend his ways.’
    reform, improve, amend
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