make an example of

Definition of make an example of

  1. :  to punish (a person who has done something wrong) as a way of warning other people not to do the same thing Although it was only his first offense, the judge decided to make an example of him and sentence him to prison.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

exampleplay
  1. :  one that serves as a pattern to be imitated or not to be imitated

    :  a punishment inflicted on someone as a warning to others

    :  an individual so punished

  1. :  to serve as an example of

    :  to be or set an example to


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