practice what one preaches

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of practice what one preaches

: 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 play
  1. : carry out, apply

  2. : to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually

  3. : to be professionally engaged in

  1. : actual performance or application

  2. : a repeated or customary action

  3. : the usual way of doing something

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

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

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

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

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

preach play preaches
  1. : to deliver a sermon

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

  3. : to set forth in a sermon


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