Definition of object lesson in English:

object lesson


  • A striking practical example of a principle or ideal.

    ‘they responded to daily emergencies in a way that was an object lesson to us all’
    • ‘Just last week, the bankruptcy of the company provided a sobering object lesson.’
    • ‘The Foreign Minister gave MPs an object lesson on how incomes had increased under the National’
    • ‘Instead of shaking his hand at the end of the match I should have paid him handsomely for an object lesson in the less than gentlemanly art of wing forward play.’
    • ‘Nauru is an object lesson in what can happen to a small country with a rich but narrow, and finite, resource base.’
    • ‘There's no question about that, but you know, this has to be an object lesson for parents who are sending their children off.’
    • ‘His fall was so spectacular, so swift once it began in earnest, that watching the process became an object lesson in how not conduct oneself.’
    • ‘But at the end of the day I see him as an object lesson as much as anything else.’
    • ‘Theirs is an object lesson in making good in the face of adversity and it has been a privilege to represent them.’
    • ‘It is also an object lesson in the dangers of trying to impose democracy in a culture that is not ready for it.’
    • ‘Beautifully conceived and skilfully executed, this is an object lesson in successfully blended artforms.’
    • ‘Bryant, regardless of the charges against him, provides an object lesson on the power of friendship.’
    • ‘In reality, a condition that sometimes applies even to football, the unfortunate Smith can be read as an object lesson.’
    • ‘Wrangling an invitation to an NBA tryout was, he says, an object lesson in how to win friends and influence people.’
    • ‘Germany's past must, he believes, continue to serve as an object lesson.’
    • ‘If those right shoes do not arrive, and for that matter it is not clear what he will do with them, all concerned will have had an object lesson in the fact that two lefts do not make a right.’
    • ‘In the final analysis, Nature via Nurture offers no ultimate explanation of what makes us tick but it does provide a step along the way and an object lesson in how to find out.’
    • ‘He portrays himself as a sad sack, but an emblematic, representative one - an object lesson to others.’
    • ‘They take it as an object lesson, an all too-familiar story.’
    • ‘Brown's pathetic waffle was a real object lesson in what happens when politicians think they can take people for complete fools.’
    • ‘Here's an object lesson in getting your academic work into the papers.’


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