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an object lesson

An actual, concrete example of something. Your overreaction was an object lesson in how to ensure that your kids don't tell you the truth.
See also: lesson, object

an ˈobject lesson

a practical example of what you should or should not do in a particular situation: It was an object lesson in how not to make a speech. He did absolutely everything wrong.An object lesson was a school lesson that used real objects as a way of teaching in a very direct and practical way.
See also: lesson, object
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Such epiphanies mark a key difference between this essay and Object Lessons: what I mainly failed to see was my own limited understanding of making, and of being made....
Other races were infantilised or barbarised, or held up as object lessons in the perils of racial degeneration.
Both Em and Williams are the beneficiaries of a type of cultural affirmative action for white men, which is to say that neither of them is unqualified, but both are object lessons in the benefits of diversity.
"Object Lessons from the Web: Implications for Instructional Development" (David Porter) examines the following topics: learning objects and structured information; ways structured content is developed; the structure of groups and their work; and implications for educational organizations, instructional developers, and learners.
Those are object lessons to be learned by the Gardai.
She's the best-selling author of "Object Lessons," "One True Thing," and "Black and Blue."
There are object lessons aplenty here for those urging a bombing campaign in the Balkans.
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