do as I say, not as I do


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do as I say, not as I do

Model yourself after my instructions, not my actions. My dad always told me not to smoke, even though he smokes, emphasizing "Do as I say, not as I do."
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Do as I say, not as I do.

Prov. Take my advice, even though I am acting contrary to it. (Sometimes used as an apology for behaving hypocritically.) Jill: Why are you walking on the grass when I told you not to? Jane: But you're walking on the grass. Jill: Do as I say, not as I do.
See also: not

do as I say

Obey my instructions, as in Never mind about the other mothers-you do as I say. This admonitory order is sometimes followed by a self-deprecating phrase, Do as I say, not as I do, meaning "don't imitate my behavior but obey my instructions." This order first appeared in John Selden's Table-Talk (c. 1654): "Preachers say, 'Do as I say, not as I do.'"
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