make an example of


: 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.

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“Make an example of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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