from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal An example: "Here's a for-instance that happened to me in Jackson” ( Jean Anderson).


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  • "Like the time Lisa wore those shoes with the fruit on them and you asked her if somebody dropped anhors d'oeuvreon her foot," she said, giving me a for-instance.

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  • Upon re-reading, I feel that the for-instance is a bit complicated, but I do this pretty much on the fly, and its purpose is to illustrate, not be final copy.

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  • Here's a 'for-instance,' which I saw last week on MSNBC -- a brief discussion about whether or not one of the candidates intended an obscene gesture when scratching his face.

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  • Let's look at a prime for-instance that the NAFTA haters and fear-mongers target: the manufacturing-heavy state of Pennsylvania, the land of the gun-toting bitter and the religious fundies.

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  • I'm thinking Karl Rove, as a for-instance, manipulating and gaming our voting system (s) to get neo-fascist conservatives elected to high office.

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  • Just one for-instance: The normal way of choosing U.S.

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  • A for-instance: in the early 1990s, when many major banks were effectively insolvent, the Fed bailed them out by lowering short rates, handing them huge profits at the expense of people who depended on CD income for food money.

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  • But first, for Spider's benefit, I had to provide what he called a for-instance.

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  • Just as a for-instance, the Yankees could've used Nick Johnson when Jason Giambi went down, but he was traded for the guy who's given up two home runs to a guy with a .100 BA in the series.


  • "Let's take another for-instance," he said savagely, in what he thought was a caricature of the Manelli voice.



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