Exhibit A

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From the conventional way of labelling the first piece of physical evidence used in a criminal trial.



Exhibit A (uncountable)

  1. (figuratively) The foremost example, often with a negative connotation.
    The legislature can’t fight corruption when the politicians are Exhibit A.
    • 2016, Stefan Bachmann, A Drop of Night, New York, N.Y.: Greenwillow Books, →ISBN:
      Exhibit A—I had a boyfriend once. I was fifteen. He was fifteen. He had green eyes and floppy hair and liked Vampire Weekend, and if that doesn't guarantee a life of shared bliss, I don't know what does.
    • 2016, John Simpson, “Marshallers of Words”, in The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Shenanigan to Selfie, London: Little, Brown and Company, →ISBN; republished as The Word Detective: Searching or the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary: A Memoir, New York, N.Y.: Basic Books, 2016, →ISBN, page 51:
      From 1924 onwards my little collection of evidence contained a mixture of literary references. Exhibit A was Evelyn Waugh in Vile Bodies (published in 1930): []
    • 2017 October 27, Alex McLevy, “Making a Killing: The Brief Life and Bloody Death of the Post-Scream Slasher Revival”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 5 March 2018:
      Characters commenting on their own predicament as though they were the armchair jokesters of MST3K is almost never as smart as a film’s creative team thinks it is—something for which Urban Legend serves as Exhibit A.


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