on the mend
on the mend
- to improve in health after an illness
- to be restored to a previous, better condition
- if a relationship is on the mend then it is improving
- After a long illness he is finally on the mend.
- After weeks of being in bed with the flu I am now on the mend.
- My leg has been hurting since I broke it last year. Luckily with the new exercises that I am doing it seems to be on the mend.
- Their friendship went through a tough time but it is on the mend now.
- Their marriage was in trouble for a while but they have been working on it. It seems that it is on the mend.
- Sir, don’t worry – your damaged car is on the mend.
The idiom uses the word “mend” in the sense of repair. When you mend a piece of clothing you are fixing something that is broken. In some sense the idiom relates something that is physically broken with something that might be figuratively broken. Like a relationship.
The idiom has been used in its current form, meaning “to regain health” since the early 1600s.
To repair a relationship that is in need of mending has only been in use since the 1800s.
- getting better
- on the road to recovery
- getting your strength back
Idiom of the Day
Meaning: extreme circumstances can only be resolved by equally extreme actions
Example: After the company had posted losses for the third consecutive year, the board decided to replace all of its top management. After all, drastic times call for drastic measures. Read on