case in point

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case in point (plural cases in point)

  1. An example that illustrates a point.
    • 1837, Ellen Marriage, The Two Poets, translation of original by Honoré de Balzac:
      But philosophers inform us that old age is apt to revert to the habits of youth, and Sechard senior is a case in point—the older he grew, the better he loved to drink.
    • 1945 July and August, “The Why and The Wherefore: Station Turntables”, in Railway Magazine, page 241, reply to J. A. Drew:
      The old Ramsgate Harbour station of the one-time South Eastern Railway was a case in point, as also the stations in the Isle of Wight that you name, such as Ventnor West.
    • 1977, Thomas P. Bernstein, “The Stability of the Settlement”, in Up to the Mountains and Down to the Villages: The Transfer of Youth from Urban to Rural China[1], Yale University Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 258:
      Reassignment can rekindle the yearning for city life in UYs who have spent many years in the villages. A case in point is that of a young woman who settled in Ch’ien-chiang county, Hupei, in 1965, having come from Wuhan. She did well, joined the CCP in 1966, and became YCL branch secretary.
    • 1996, Lena H. Sun, “China Seeks Ways to Protect Elderly; Support Agreements Replacing Traditional Respect for the Aged”, in Ourselves and Others: The Washington Post Sociology Companion[2], 2nd edition, Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 131:
      To help protect the rights of the elderly, particularly in rural areas, some localities have begun requiring contracts of support between elderly parents and their children. A case in point is the village of Tiezu, or Iron Mouth in English, located in Qindu county on the outskirts of Xianyang, a former ancient capital of China in central Shaanxi province.
      Starting this year, newlyweds in Qindu district have been required to sign contracts pledging to support their parents after age 60.
    • 2020 April 12, Simon Tisdall, “US's global reputation hits rock-bottom over Trump's coronavirus response”, in The Guardian[3]:
      The furious reaction in Germany after 200,000 protective masks destined for Berlin mysteriously went missing in Thailand and were allegedly redirected to the US is a case in point. There is no solid proof Trump approved the heist. But it’s the sort of thing he would do – or so people believe.
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