to rights

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

to rights

  1. Into proper order; properly.
    My shoulder was dislocated. It was agony to have it put to rights.
    I felt ill, but some fresh air and iced water set me to rights.
  2. (obsolete, informal) At once; immediately.
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels: Voyage to Brobdingnag, Chapter 8, Part 8:
      Then they knocked off some of the boards for the use of the ship, and when they had got all they had a mind for, let the hull drop into the sea, which, by reason of the many breaches made in the bottom and sides, sunk to rights.

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