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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]
See also: example, set

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.
See also: example, set
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The three captives, heavily ironed, were exposed each day in the compound, as good examples of what happened to bad examples, all for the edification of the seven score and ten half-wild Poonga-Poonga men.
Nevertheless, we will have it done, lest their bad example should corrupt the other hogs.
Of course, a great deal of it was due to their stupidity, to the bad examples with which they had always been surrounded in their childhood and boyhood.
He said that there are three themes for this competition; "Raise taxes on tobacco", "Tobacco is a loss of health and morale" and "Tobacco user is a bad example to others".
Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons added the 35-year-old was setting an extremely bad example to other drivers and particularly to young people who would follow messages from him and his team mates on social media.
The actress, 41, used to smoke up to 20 a day and quit as she feared she was setting a bad example.
Diaz, who used to smoke up to 20 a day and quit as she feared she was setting a bad example, was speaking to host Chelsea Lately to promote her bestseller 'The Body Book' when she made the comments.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the West has set a bad example by supporting protesters who seized power in Ukraine in violation of the country's constitution.
I REFER to the comments of Barbara Dunn and fully endorse her letter on White Dee setting a bad example.
Though it was innocent in itself, nevertheless it was productive of harm in its consequences, by causing me to break the college rules, and thus to give a bad example to the community at large.
bar] THE Copa America could be setting a bad example, judging by the post-match bust-up after the semi-final between Paraguay and Venezuela in midweek.
But while Dr Al Nuaimi is right to order a better performance in schools and his spokesman is correct to cite lateness as a bad example to children, we should perhaps also be addressing the problem elsewhere.
I am fully aware of the bad example it sets to other people and particularly to youngsters and I apologise.
Not only do these imbeciles bring chaos to our roads but they set a bad example to their children.
Furthermore, they are setting a bad example to youngsters by throwing a tantrum because they can't have their own way - the very thing we tell youngsters they shouldn't do.