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put (or set) someone right

Definition of put or set someone right in English:

1Restore someone to health.
Example sentences
  • Having excited the driver's sympathy with this doleful mention of his wife we were driven round the corner to a cheerful looking café where the driver suggested we should have a cup of tea, because this was ‘sure to set us right.’
  • I always keep a packet of Kellogg's All Bran and whenever I am in danger, it puts me right again.
2Make someone understand the true facts of a situation.
Example sentences
  • The ‘After Hours’ quote has the central character getting something a little wrong, and the character who does the correcting flatly and contemptuously sets him right.
  • Fellow Mammoth Ellie may think she is a giant-sized possum (one of the more irritating story elements), but once she is set right, there seems a fair chance that mammoths might not face extinction after all.
  • And who better to set them right than a former TV talk show host, Labour MP and newspaper commentator?
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