case in point

Main Entry:  case in point
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a relevant example or apt illustration of something; a pertinent previous case for a similar occurrence
Example:  A news story is often used as a case in point.
Etymology:  1750-55
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case in point

A relevant example or illustration of something, as in A case in point was the collision of a cyclist with a pedestrian crossing the designated bike path. [Mid-1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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