do as I say and not as I do

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This order first appeared in John Selden's Table-Talk (c. 1654): "Preachers say, 'Do as I say, not as I do.'"

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do as I say and not as I do (third-person singular simple present does as I say and not as I do, present participle doing as I say and not as I do, simple past did as I said and not as I did, past participle done as I said and not as I did)

  1. (as imperative) Do not imitate my behavior but obey my instructions.

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