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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BYWORD

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, they will make him a byword, a scorn.

The mistake you made in my name came to be a joke and byword after I went home.

The popular Press had made the newspaper a byword for falsehood.

Her good-nature was a byword, as were her generosity and boyish daring.

In all parts of the country the "Carmen Kiss" became a byword.

Has it not made him, glorious as he is despite of it, a byword in the mouths of every schoolboy?

WORD ORIGIN

also by-word, Old English biword "proverb," formed on the model of Latin proverbium or Greek parabole. Meaning "something that has become proverbial" is from 1530s.

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