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precedent -- as in: sets a precedent
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  • Lym Cass looked alarmed, scratched himself, and protested, "I think it would be a bad precedent for the board-members to contribute money—uh—not that I mind, but it wouldn’t be fair—establish precedent.
  • Lym Cass looked alarmed, scratched himself, and protested, "I think it would be a bad precedent for the board-members to contribute money—uh—not that I mind, but it wouldn’t be fair—establish precedent.
  • On her way home: "Now that I’ve made a precedent, joined the union and gone out on one strike and learned personal solidarity, I won’t be so afraid.

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  • Precedent set by the Supreme Court must be followed by all lower courts.
  • It could happen—possibly, unlikely, but there is precedent—that the river might sweep my body all the way to the ocean.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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