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set an example

To do something or act in a way other will or should emulate; to act as a model for others, good or ill. A noun or pronoun can be used after "et"; often modified with "good" or "bad" before "example." John, please don't curse like that when you're angry—it sets a bad example for the kids. I try to set an example for my employees by always arriving to work on time, replying to emails and phone calls promptly, and taking care of problems as they arise.
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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.
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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.
Striking sets a bad example I WROTE last week expressing my concerns regarding the lecturers' strike; however the piece in Wednesday's Post (page 17) made woeful reading.
He further said that he is setting a bad example among the people.
Sadly many of our MPs and people in office are a bad example.
To this end, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, while speaking to ANI, said the prime minister should at least clarify and ask the leaders to not use such words that set a bad example for the common people.
He believes, to some degree he may have set a bad example.
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.
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.
Followers say she is setting a bad example for young girls.
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.