Definition of mend one's ways in US English:

mend one's ways


  • Improve one's habits or behavior.

    • ‘Consumers in those countries can point to good repayment records after a default to show they have mended their ways.’
    • ‘He is humble, certainly, but has he mended his ways?’
    • ‘The player himself realised that if he didn't mend his ways quickly, his international career might well be over.’
    • ‘He had also been convicted twice before for drink-driving, so he had ample opportunities to mend his ways.’
    • ‘He was released on appeal after less than a year and claimed to have mended his ways, taking a college art course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope they will choose to mend their ways rather than pay the fixed penalty fines that we will certainly impose.’
    • ‘Those who refuse to mend their ways could be fined if their children do not show up at school.’
    • ‘I urge people not to buy goods from these companies until they mend their ways.’
    mend one's ways, change for the better, change completely, make a fresh start, turn over a new leaf, become a new person, reconstruct oneself, improve, go straight, get back on the straight and narrow
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