live down

[live down] {v.} To remove (blame, distrust or unfriendly laughter)by good conduct; cause (a mistake or fault) to be forgiven orforgotten by not repeating it.

John's business failure hurt him fora long time, but in the end he lived it down.

Frank was rather abad boy, but he lived it down as he grew up.

Sandra called herprincipal the wrong name at the banquet, in front of everyone, and shethought she would never live it down.