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Difference between Do right by someone and Put someone right

do right by someonetreat smb. fairly in moral or legal terms:

  • I oppose this bill because it does not do right by our disabled veterans.

put someone right—(also: put someone to rights)

1. make smb. well again:

  • Since there is nothing wrong with him really, a placebo will put him right.

2. correct smb.’s ideas or information about smth.:

  • His ignorance of the world is not abnormal for an American … his advisors will put him right on foreign affairs.