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object lesson

(esp formerly) a lesson in which a material object forms the basis of the teaching and is available to be inspected
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PRINCE Philip gave Princess Anne an object lesson in dog handling as he enjoyed a day's shooting yesterday.
On many levels, Steinberg's book is an object lesson in how to interrogate a painting, and one which opens up many new interpretative possibilities: a painting often thought of as clear and direct becomes rich and multivalent.
The object lesson for the GK is: Never give up on any kind of shot.
Whatever your views, it was a masterly performance, an object lesson in how to turn a hostile audience to your way of thinking.
The Rebellion Theatre Company's off-Broadway production of Uncle Bob is an object lesson in the difference between TV acting and stage acting.
What began as small time political corruption, which is rampant, in this country, has become a national object lesson on integrity, and it's not clear to me that people much care.
11:00 Object Lesson (15 minutes) A closer look at "Himself" and "Herself"
How he has done that is an object lesson in strategically managing human resources.
The frantic efforts of the SS to provide itself with an avenue of escape provide an object lesson in the smaller moral bankruptcies that accompanied the more conspicuous evils of the Nazi regime, but they form an entirely different lesson from that taught by the death factories and macabre medical experiments of Nazi scientists.
For an object lesson, they might have pointed to the follies of the Holy Roman Empire--neither Roman, nor holy, nor an empire for much of its existence--and to "the medieval crisis of church and state.
All of this should be an object lesson for the rest of America.
Similarly, Argentinean author Ana Maria Shua's "A Profession Like Any Other" is an object lesson (worthy of Monty Python) in the dangers of angering one's dentist.