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object lesson

a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.
Origin of object lesson
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the series offers an object lesson in how to elevate the tone of public discourse, all the better, its creators say.
  • The experience of the past year is an object lesson in the limited power of regulators.
  • Now it's virtually an object lesson in how not to make a movie out of a theater piece.
  • That's our object lesson for today's space environment.
  • For these efforts, the case of the golden lion tamarin is a prelude and an object lesson.
  • One of her functions in this world was to serve as an object lesson for her nephew.
  • Her bizarre case is an object lesson in how far the law has trailed behind advances in infertility science.
  • What followed was an object lesson in bureaucratic torpor.
  • He had taught his first lesson: an object lesson in what it means to survive starvation.
  • Andersonville becomes an object lesson in patriotism.
British Dictionary definitions for object lesson

object lesson

a convincing demonstration of some principle or ideal
(esp formerly) a lesson in which a material object forms the basis of the teaching and is available to be inspected
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