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follow the example of

To do something that another person is doing. Growing up, I really tried not to follow the example of my older brother, as he was always getting into trouble. I try to follow the example of Mother Teresa and treat all people with kindness.
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example is better than precept

One's actions can teach more effectively than lecture. If your students seem board, keep in mind that example is better than precept. Of course your kids won't listen if you try to tell them what to do. Example is better than precept, after all.
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Example is better than precept.

Prov. You will teach people more effectively by being a good example than you will by telling them what to do. Mother never lectured us; she just tried her best to be a good person, and we tried hard to be like her. She was living proof that example is better than precept.
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hold someone or something up as an example

Fig. to single out someone or something as a person or thing worthy of imitation. No one has ever held me up as an example. Jane held up Doris as an example. I hate to hold myself up as an example, but if you would do what I do, at least I wouldn't criticize you.
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make an example of someone

to do something to someone that shows the bad results of bad behavior; to point to someone as a bad example. The judge said that he would make an example of Sally and would fine her the maximum amount. The teacher made an example of me to the class, with a detention on the first day of school.
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for example

Also, for instance. As an illustration of something, as in Dress casually, in blue jeans, for example, or This program has problems-for instance, it's hard to retrieve lost data. The first expression, which dates from the late 1500s, is used throughout this book to illustrate how an idiom is used. The variant dates from the mid-1600s.
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make an example of

Punish someone so as to be a warning to others, as in The teacher made an example of the boy she caught cheating, or The judge imposed a tough sentence to make an example of the car thieves. This usage is first recorded in John Wycliffe's followers' translation of the Bible (c. 1382).
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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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for example

As an illustrative instance: Wear something simple; for example, a skirt and blouse.
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References in classic literature ?
But if you insist on my producing an example of a man broken by athletic exercises, I can do it.
Containing many rules, and some examples, concerning falling in love: descriptions of beauty, and other more prudential inducements to matrimony.
For example, if you fall over a cliff, you move under the influence of gravitation, and your centre of gravity describes just as correct a parabola as if you were already dead.
Who can believe, for example, that a new-born baby is aware of the necessity of food for preserving life?
Drever's book there are some interesting examples of the mistakes made by instinct.
To these great examples I wish to add a lesser one; still it bears some resemblance to them, and I wish it to suffice me for all of a like kind: it is Hiero the Syracusan.
Example from Parent: He seems less afraid now to make friends.
Heavy metals - mercury and lead, for example - and organochlorine compounds such as PCBs and DDT, have been associated with a wide range of impacts on marine wildlife.
For example, Gusfield's account of the temperance movement in the United States offers a 'status defence' analysis emanating from a traditional rural, white and Anglo-Saxon middle class that was being displaced by urbanization and immigration.
For our cosmetic surgery example, positioning asks whether you will attempt to be the low price leader or the exclusive high-priced "artist" serving only an elite clientele.
For example, a kerberos key distribution center (KDC) or a certificate authority (CA) makes authentication assertions about subjects.
For example, an information designer might focus on an individual manual for a word processing software package or the entire library of manuals for a particular word processor.
For example, some vendors will have no choice but to operate at a loss for this year, consuming profits realized in previous years.
3) Examples of lists--(i) Nonpublic personal information includes any list of individuals' names and street addresses that is derived in whole or in part using personally identifiable financial information that is not publicly available, such as account numbers.
As in the previous example, all four of Conlon's photos involve people and computers.