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object lesson

noun
1.
a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.
Origin of object lesson
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • With their cavernous depths, they were quite an object lesson in early Virginia hospitality.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • Renmark stood motionless as a statue, an object lesson in self-control.

  • I again refer you to the object lesson before you now, the hut tax war in Sierra Leone.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • In their midst was an object lesson, his head swathed in bandages.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
  • The boys had received an object lesson, and would long carry in their minds the picture of the mysterious arm and cane.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for object lesson

object lesson

noun
1.
a convincing demonstration of some principle or ideal
2.
(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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