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object lesson (plural object lessons)

  1. A lesson taught (especially to young children) using a familiar or unusual object as a focus.
  2. An example from real life that typifies/explains a principle or teaches a lesson.
  3. Anything used as an example or lesson which serves to warn others as to the outcomes that result from a particular action or behavior, as exemplified by the fates of those who followed that course.
    Let that be an object lesson to him.


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