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household word

a familiar name, phrase, saying, etc.; byword:
The advertising campaign is designed to make this new product a household word.
Origin of household word
1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Acrylonitrile is not a household word, but products made from it are ubiquitous in our homes.
  • Access to medical home has almost become a household word for better or worse.
British Dictionary definitions for household word

household name

a person or thing that is very well known
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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