clean up one's act
phrasal to behave in a more acceptable manner

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  • clean up one's act — phrasal : to behave in a more acceptable manner (as by discontinuing questionable practices) * * * clean up one s act (informal) To regulate one s activities, put one s affairs in good or proper order • • • Main Entry: ↑act clean up one s act… …   Useful english dictionary

  • clean up one's act — idi clean up one s act, Informal. to begin adhering to more acceptable rules of behavior …   From formal English to slang

  • clean up one's act — verb to reform; to improve ones habits Someday Im going to clean up my act and start researching more carefully …   Wiktionary

  • clean one’s act up — tv. to reform one’s conduct; to improve one’s performance. □ We were told to clean our act up or move out. CD I cleaned up my act, but not in time. I got kicked out …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • get one's act together — get organized, get a hold of oneself, pull oneself up by the bootstraps, pull oneself together, clean up one s act …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Clean Up the World — Type Non governmental organization Founded 1993 Location Sydney, Australia Origins Clean Up …   Wikipedia

  • In one's hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Off one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On one's hands — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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