Case in point

Case in point is an idiom that dates back to the 1600s. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal meaning. We will examine the meaning of the phrase case in point, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Case in point refers to an example of the subject being discussed, a representative instance of a subject. The term case in point contains a fossil phrase, in point. A fossil phrase is a term that is only found in an idiom and is not used on its own. In point means something relevant or something pertinent, taken from the Anglo-Norman phrase en point meaning a state or condition. The entire idiom case in point was in use by the end of the 1600s, mostly referring to examples of legal cases found before the courts. The plural form of case in point is cases in point.


Case in point, there are four different types of fries – shoestring, waffle, sweet potato and onion rings. (The Greenville News)

A case in point is the ongoing construction of a urea fertilizer plant co-located at its Dakota Gasification Co. plant near Beulah that has brought hundreds of workers into the area. (The Bismarck Tribune)

Mayawati’s unambiguous pursuit of the mullah constituency, politically discredited clerical voices like the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid and criminal types was a case in point. (The Times of India)

Allegations raised last year regarding mass copying by students of an academic centre in Dharmapuri and widespread malpractices in a centre in Theni were cases in point. (The Hindu)