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object lesson

noun ob·ject lesson \ˈäb-jikt-, -(ˌ)jekt-\

: an example from real life that teaches a lesson or explains something

Full Definition of OBJECT LESSON

:  something that serves as a practical example of a principle or abstract idea

Examples of OBJECT LESSON

  1. His life story is an object lesson in how not to run a business.

First Known Use of OBJECT LESSON

1831

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