set to rights

Also, put to rights. Place in proper condition or order. For example, The caterer promised to set the room to rights before he left, or Don't worry, the lawyer will put the will to rights. These terms date from the second half of the 1600s, although to rights in the sense of “in proper order” was first recorded about 1330. Also see set right.


Nearby words

  1. set the table,
  2. set the wheels in motion,
  3. set the world on fire,
  4. set theory,
  5. set to,
  6. set tongues wagging,
  7. set up,
  8. set up housekeeping,
  9. set up shop,
  10. set upon

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