Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


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 so compact as that was not one old woman's invention.

His honesty and loyalty were a by-word in the business district.

"Mr. Gladstone's collars" are a by-word in the land; and Mr. Furniss made them.

I should return to Argos as a by-word, for the Achaeans will at once go home.

I shall not go; I can garnish his bed no longer; I should be a by-word among all the women of Troy.