Syndicated columnist Dan Savage even campaigned to turn “santorum” into a byword for sexual waste as revenge.
At a time when “right to work” has become a byword for union-busting, this is radical indeed.
It was a ghastly tragedy that rattled a nation and became a byword for anti-Semitism in France.
By Leo Mirani Drones have a terrible reputation, mostly because they have become a byword for death and destruction.
It was the close sympathy which twins sometimes have each to each, and had become a byword among all their acquaintances.
We have heard of your good fortune on the seas—how your luck has passed into a byword.
If I answer not to the voices that call me, my name will be a byword wherever the rays of the sun-God fall.
In this respect we are a byword among the peoples of the world.
It was a byword with us that Sheikh Jindi had never been seen to smile.
They will hunt him out of the village, they will refuse him food, they will make him a byword, a scorn.
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.