Byword

By'word` noun [ Anglo-Saxon bïword ; , English by + word .] 1. A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency. « I knew a wise man that had it for a byword . Bacon. » 2. The object of a contemptuous sayin...
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Byword

• (n.) A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency. • (n.) The object of a contemptuous saying.
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