The inactivity of our troops had long become a by-word among us.
He has now become a by-word as a hypocrite and a merciless self-seeker.
The bishop had named him Isengrin, the by-word then for wolf.
Byron had a club foot in his mind, and so Byron is a by-word.
The word had been in use so frequently that it had become a by-word among the students.
Be sure that a by-word ...