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object lesson

a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.
Origin of object lesson
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • With their cavernous depths, they were quite an object lesson in early Virginia hospitality.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
  • We have here an object lesson as to the uniting power of the gospel.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • I again refer you to the object lesson before you now, the hut tax war in Sierra Leone.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • Renmark stood motionless as a statue, an object lesson in self-control.

  • The boys had received an object lesson, and would long carry in their minds the picture of the mysterious arm and cane.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for object lesson

object lesson

a convincing demonstration of some principle or ideal
(esp formerly) a lesson in which a material object forms the basis of the teaching and is available to be inspected
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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