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Adopt a sensible course of action, let oneself be persuaded, as in At ninety Grandma finally saw reason and gave up driving her car. This expression, which uses reason in the sense of “good sense,” was first recorded in Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV (1:2).
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  • Or he may see reason good, and drop ten thousand in a lap like Lingen's.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • If Eli had begun to see reason, his face held out no promise of it.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • Then in that case, thou and I together, old hunter, might make him see reason.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • To have to do with some one who will hear and see reason, is a great relief.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Dora seemed to see reason, and she nodded her head in assent.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • No, he no English, but he plenty of Welsh; that is, if he see reason.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • But if those who go with you see reason to misdoubt you, they will kill you in the forest.

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • No, he no English, but he plenty of Welsh—that is if he see reason.

    Wild Wales George Borrow

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