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Mend one’s ways


Desire to improve oneself. Become a better person. Atone for your previous anger or missteps. Begin to obey the rules after a period of non-conformity. ‘Ways’ is used as your personality, habits or methods of operation which, in retrospect, you have decided were not valuable and you wish to change for the better. (Contrast with Don’t burn your bridges behind you.)

“I’m not going to let  you marry that young man until he learns to mend  his ways and start going to church.”

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