practice what one preaches

Definition of practice what one preaches

  1. :  to act according to the way one tells other people to act Practice what you preach—don't smoke if you tell your children not to smoke.

Word by Word Definitions

practice
  1. :  carry out, apply

    :  to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually

    :  to be professionally engaged in

  1. :  actual performance or application

    :  a repeated or customary action

    :  the usual way of doing something

whatplay
  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

    : often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

    :  whatever

    :  any

preachplay preaches
  1. :  to deliver a sermon

    :  to urge acceptance or abandonment of an idea or course of action

    :  to exhort in an officious or tiresome manner


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