on the mend

on the mend

Meaning

  • 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

Example Sentences

  1. After a long illness he is finally on the mend.
  2. After weeks of being in bed with the flu I am now on the mend.
  3. 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.
  4. Their friendship went through a tough time but it is on the mend now.
  5. Their marriage was in trouble for a while but they have been working on it. It seems that it is on the mend.
  6. Sir, don’t worry – your damaged car is on the mend.

Origin

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.

Synonyms

  • getting better
  • on the road to recovery
  • improving
  • recovering
  • recuperating
  • getting your strength back
  • convalescing

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