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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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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.
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.
Great leadership will set an example and demonstrate guidance in the many facets of America's life and conflict.
An Arizona teacher who won a court order against a disruptive student may not set an example for other teachers, educators say.
The committee will set an example of awarding very limited perks to officers by identifying those (if any) available to board members.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda on Wednesday made a pitch for a plan to cut legislators' pay to share the pains of an economic slowdown, saying it is important for lawmakers to set an example.
It was Forney's first excursion with the Night Ministry, a homeless relief agency he joined to set an example for his employees.
On the one hand we want to cheer them, to hope they set an example for other troops and contribute to undermining the national discriminatory policy.