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noun as in person who watches

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We set it up this way because we wanted to be careful not to profit from it or draw unknowing bystanders into our experiment.

While the shooters fled the scene, bystanders brought the journalist to a local hospital, and he died the next morning.

From Fortune

Plus, bystanders can judge facts only — and he doesn’t have a complete set of the ones governing the video fail, so his putting it all on you is automatically unfounded.

A bystander was shot early Sunday in Baileys Crossroads after getting caught in the crossfire of an altercation between people in two vehicles, Fairfax County police said.

My colleagues don’t want to discuss the fact that someone might have said a sly comment that everyone heard, but they’re all complicit bystanders.

From Digiday

According to police, Frias got into a disagreement with a bystander at the scene.

Wahlberg fled from the scene and approached a bystander, Hoa Trinh, also Vietnamese.

Video of the horrific episode was captured by a bystander, Ramsey Orta, who then sold it to the New York Daily News.

A video of the confrontation shot by a bystander shows Garner surrounded by a group of police officers.

A curious bystander wanted to start a conversation with Abdullah.

"The innocent bystander usually gets shot in the leg," the boss ripped out, with the brittlest kind of humor.

But looking down on Bland's cabin, he reflected that his irritation was rooted in the fact that he did not want to be a bystander.

A bystander inquires what has become of the nose of the bust?

I asked a bystander where they were going and what was to be done to them, for I did not know at the time that I was near Tyburn.

"I did not believe that anything could shake Darcy's nerve, but he certainly played that game ill," said a bystander.


On this page you'll find 23 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to bystander, such as: eyewitness, observer, onlooker, passerby, spectator, and kibitzer.

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