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object lesson

noun
1.
a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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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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