I've heard him say 'All's well' over and over again; 'twas a kind of byword with him.
We have heard of your good fortune on the seas—how your luck has passed into a byword.
In this respect we are a byword among the peoples of the world.
"Go to beat the Dutch" became a byword which has persisted to this day.
They will hunt him out of the village, they will refuse him food, ...