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  • n  a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

  • In a country where politics has become a byword for corruption and tribal loyalty, Obama offers a different model, he explains.
  • Around the world American efficiency became a byword; at home it came close to being a religion, and wasted time was considered a sin.
  • Gun smugglers do a brisk business in Culiacn and surrounding Sinaloa state, where gangland-style murders--more than 600 this year--have made the region a byword for lawlessness.
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  • The Write Coach
    Quality is Lee Pound's byword and, coincidentally, it is also the word people use to describe him. It is what he guides others to achieve and the standard to which he has held himself in every one of his many successful careers: newspaper reporter...
    June 12, 2013 - Laguna Woods Globe

  • Gordon Brown in New York Times
    Sadly, the government of Afghanistan had become a byword for corruption,Mr. Brown said in a speech to defense experts. "And I am not prepared to put the lives of British men and women in harm's way for a government that does not stand up...

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