object lesson

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

Definition of object lesson 

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

Examples of object lesson in a Sentence

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

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That should really be an object lesson for everyone considering this concept going forward. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 Lucas Duplan, who founded Clinkle and made it into an object lesson in Silicon Valley overhype, is plotting a return. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "Another Failed Silicon Valley Exec Gets a Crypto Project," 22 June 2018 But it can be seen as an object lesson in what effective Democratic politics can look like, as a contrast to the moribund state of the party’s status quo in Washington. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the Left," 28 June 2018 Yet Jason Gerace’s production for Oak Park Festival Theatre could just as easily be held up as an object lesson on how to hold true to oneself even during dark days. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'You Can’t Take It With You' is a soothing island in Oak Park," 25 June 2018 Let whatever reckoning Holmes and Balwani receive serve as an object lesson in irresponsible growth. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Theranos Indictments Expose the Soul of Silicon Valley," 15 June 2018 The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an object lesson in the three rules of hotel marketing: location, location and location. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Banff, Jasper and the incredible sights you’ll see driving up the Alaska-Canadian Highway," 10 June 2018 That is, by functioning as an object lesson to learn from, as a rallying cry and connective tissue to bring people together and lift us up, to give comfort and sometimes inflict revenge. Jonathan Takiff, Philly.com, "Taylor Mac outdoes Springsteen as hardest-working headliner, in audacious Merriam marathon," 4 June 2018 Though well intended, the impact of JCAHO on the opioid crisis is an object lesson in regulation gone wrong. Philly.com, "Healthcare regulation, too much and often wrong," 4 June 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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

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