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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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set (somebody) an eˈxample


set (somebody) a good, bad, etc. eˈxample

show a standard of work or behaviour for others to follow or copy; show a good, bad, etc. model for others: She sets us all an example (= a good example).You shouldn’t use bad language in front of your children — it sets a bad example.
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Yes, the Government can set an example but it is time to turn political fire again on the private sector and those who do not pay their bills.
The senator reiterated her appeal to the PNP chief to set an example by punishing rogue cops.
4 percent pay rise this year, after the executive set an example against excessive pay increases.
org said government procurement practises needed to set an example by committing to awarding contracts to smaller firms, rather than relying on larger businesses.
Campaigners called it an "own goal" and a "total con", instead urging rich countries to set an example by cutting their emissions by 40 per cent by 2020 without carbon offsetting.
The unequivocal need is for our legislators to set an example first by banning the consumption of alcohol in their place of work, secondly by excluding from the Palace of Westminster all those who have any alcohol in their bodies and thirdly by disciplining severely all those who are not totally silent during the business of the House.
Our collective goal is to help restore the fragile balance of the desert ecosystem and hopefully, in doing so, we will set an example for others in the community to adopt the same ideals,'' said Laura Been, Lockheed Martin Environmental Resources representative, who spearheaded the volunteer effort.
His group and the American Life League could set an example for the rest of the population and put a stop to ejaculation by choice.
Embracing sustainable design allows colleges and universities to lead by example and set an example for students and the public to follow.
We can set an example that may greatly influence the pace of convergence activities and timetables in many other countries and at the same time ensure the global standard-setting process fully considers our views.
VANCOUVER -- Canada's largest employer, the federal government, will pull together its many and disparate mental health services for it employees and set an example in dealing with its own workplace mental health issues.
The trust's director of public health, Dr Judith Hooper, said the board members had to set an example.
Marist continues to set an example for other schools with its progressive security policy.
She set an example that writers could work in both magazines and books successfully, and she gave more critical support to make it possible.
BOSSES are enjoying pensions worth up to 50 times more than those of other workers despite calls for them to set an example, according to new research today.