set an example

idiom

: to behave in a way that shows other people how to behave
It's up to you to set an example.

Examples of set an example in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moss said bringing camp residents home could prevent future terrorist attacks, and the U.S. hopes that repatriating nearly a dozen of its own citizens this week — the largest number returned from northeast Syria in one fell swoop — will set an example for the rest of the world. Sacha Pfeiffer, NPR, 7 May 2024 To set an example of that freedom for others to follow. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 As the undisputed leaders in the field, Washington and Beijing are best equipped to set an example by putting limits on military uses of drone swarms. Frank Bajak, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2024 In the lead up to the historic vote, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal addressed the 925 lawmakers gathered for the joint session in Versailles, and called on them to make France a leader in women’s rights and set an example for countries around the world. Barbara Surk, Fortune Europe, 4 Mar. 2024 This month, Starbucks and its unionizing workers set an example that could rewrite the template for how employment serves workers in America by agreeing to sit down at a table together and work out a national deal. Roy Bahat, Fortune, 14 Mar. 2024 That preseason game between the Celtics and the Knicks was clearly meant to set an example. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2024 For him, the beauty of having a massive platform — in multiple regions — is being able to set an example for as many kids as possible. Shane Young, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 So Putin’s invasion of Ukraine may have any number of ambitions: to set an example, say, or to keep a tight rein on non-Russian independence movements along the Volga and in the North Caucasus. Elizabeth Barber, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024

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“Set an example.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20an%20example. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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