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see reason

Adopt a sensible course of action, let oneself be persuaded, as in At ninety Grandma finally saw reason and gave up driving her car. This expression, which uses reason in the sense of “good sense,” was first recorded in Shakespeare's 1 Henry IV (1:2).
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  • Bounderby, I see reason to doubt whether we have ever quite understood Louisa.

    Dickens As an Educator James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  • If Eli had begun to see reason, his face held out no promise of it.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • Assuredly I will never shrink from innovation where I see reason to believe that innovation will be improvement.

  • Then in that case, thou and I together, old hunter, might make him see reason.

    The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • There I see reason to alter my opinion, and the seeming resemblance has disappeared upon a more particular information.

  • No, he no English, but he plenty of Welsh—that is if he see reason.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Sit here beside me, and let us talk; you are miles away there, and I want to—make you see reason.

    Red Hair Elinor Glyn
  • Then she would stroke my eyes and bid me see reason, and all would be well.

    The Wings of Icarus Laurence Alma Tadema

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