teachable moment

[ tee-chuh-buh l moh-muh nt ]
/ ˈti tʃə bəl ˈmoʊ mənt /


a specific occurrence, situation, or experience that can be used to teach people about something more general: Her death created a teachable moment about prescription drug abuse.

Origin of teachable moment

First recorded in 1935–40
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