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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And Vogtle has turned from a showcase of a new generation of nuclear power into an object lesson in the financial risk of a private company trying to build a nuclear-power plant. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Southern Co. Earnings Hurt by Cost Overruns at Nuclear-Power Plant," 8 Aug. 2018 The white tubular steel outlines, award-winning examples of playful placemaking that allow visitors to reconstruct the buildings in their imaginations, have become icons and object lessons for architecture students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 The battle is an object lesson in the difficult conditions under which many Afghan troops fight and the inability of their military to support and resupply them — especially when forces are stretched thin by a big fight with the Taliban elsewhere. Rod Nordland, The Seattle Times, "The Afghan army’s last stand at Chinese Camp," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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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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