set an example
Also, set a good or bad example. Behave in a way that should (or will) be imitated, as in Dad was always telling Bill to set a good example for his younger brother, or They were afraid of setting a bad example for the other nations. [Late 1700s]
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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
When cities started adding chlorine to their water supplies, in the early 1900s, it set off public outcry.
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech|Nick Gillespie|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the last year, her fusion exercise class has attracted a cult following and become de rigueur among the celebrity set.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You would not think it too much to set the whole province in flames so that you could have your way with this wretched child.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The afternoon was a lovely one—the day was a perfect example of the mellowest mood of autumn.Confidence|Henry James
I take the Extream Bells, and set down the six Changes on them thus.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
She set off down Trafalgar Road in the mist and the rain, glad that she had been compelled to walk.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various