But, no; I would not have a scandal afloat, even though I was becoming the laughingstock and by-word of my servants!
The inactivity of our troops had long become a by-word among us.
My dun was a peaceful beast, but the roan was a by-word in the sub-division.
He has now become a by-word as a hypocrite and a merciless self-seeker.
The true source of the Connecticut remained so long in doubt that it passed into a by-word.
The bishop had named him Isengrin, the by-word then for wolf.
I should return to Argos as a by-word, for the Achaeans will at once go home.
Byron had a club foot in his mind, and so Byron is a by-word.
The boys remarked that we were going back to water, and which has since been a by-word, whenever a countermarch has taken place.
The word had been in use so frequently that it had become a by-word among the students.
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.
Hebrew _millah_ (Job 30:9), a word or speech, and hence object of talk; Hebrew _mashal_ (Ps. 44:14), a proverb or parable. When it denotes a sharp word of derision, as in Deut. 28:37, 1 Kings 9:7, 2 Chr. 7:20, the Hebrew _sheninah_ is used. In Jer. 24:9 it is rendered "taunt."