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set right

Also, put right.

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1

Place something in proper position; also, repair something. For example, Your tie is lopsided; let me set it right, or The faucets were in backwards but the plumber will soon put them right. [Second half of 1500s]

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2

Correct someone, as in They thought he was married but he quickly set them right.

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3

Make something accurate or fair, as in He offered to pay for the meal to put things right. Also see set straight.

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The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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