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make up for

Meaning: to do something to improve the situation after you've done something wrong

For example:

  • make up for sth Joanna forgot my birthday last week, so now she wants to make up for it by taking me out to a fancy restaurant.

  • make up for sth Keith caused his family a lot of pain when he was taking drugs, but now that he's quit he's doing whatever he can to make up for it.

Quick Quiz:

Tim felt bad about getting angry and shouting at his girlfriend, so he made up for it by
  1. telling her not to make him angry
  2. saying they were both wrong
  3. giving her some flowers

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