put/set (something) to rights

idiom

Definition of put/set (something) to rights

: to put (something) back into the normal or proper condition
  • He helped his mother put things to rights after his father died.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

set play
  1. : to cause to sit : place in or on a seat

  2. : to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

  3. : to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

  3. : a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

right play rights
  1. : righteous, upright

  2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

  3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

  1. : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. : something to which one has a just claim: such as

  3. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. : according to right

  2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

  3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

  2. : justify, vindicate

  3. : avenge


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