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1A person or thing cited as a notable and outstanding example or embodiment of something.‘his name became a byword for luxury’
perfect example of, classic case of, model of, exemplar of, embodiment of, incarnation of, personification of, epitome of, typification ofView synonyms
- ‘The car company, which lives on despite, and because of, becoming a byword for reliable plodding, was promoting a new range of electric vehicles to council delegates visiting the racecourse yesterday.’
- ‘The word muti, which derives from ‘umu thi’, meaning tree, has become a byword for any traditional medicine, good or bad, practised by sangomas.’
- ‘The book, the title of which is now virtually a byword for political fanatics, explored the individual whose inner sense of worthlessness, confusion or rage seeks refuge and validating rebirth within a charismatic mass movement.’
- ‘The former home secretary inherited a department that was a byword for inefficiency and incompetence, and ordered a large scale clear-out of the dead wood.’
- ‘By accepting, untested, a story which relied on other people's investigation instead of our own, we had betrayed the very standards which had, at that time, made the paper a byword for integrity.’
- ‘In Edinburgh two years ago, he recognised the effect British rule in India had had in making the sub-continent a byword for electrical excellence, commenting that an expertly-installed fuse box must have been put in by an Indian.’
- ‘For U.S. readers, the galah is a colourful Australian parrot that has become a byword for stupidity because of its suicidal behaviour on some occasions.’
- ‘The company became a byword for excellence, developing a team-based corporate culture, but by the 1990s, the vast company had become weighed down by bureaucracy.’
- ‘It got the stuffing kicked out of it through much of the 20th century and became a byword for mystical, obscurantist thinking, but in recent decades it has been rehabilitated somewhat.’
- ‘This is the sixteenth book by a woman whose name has become the byword for the authentic account of Irish living in the ‘Forties’ and ‘Fifties’.’
- ‘As Shakespeare notes, the place was ‘a byword for remoteness’.’
- ‘He is a byword for dedication and once memorably warned a caddie that he opened up and closed the practice range, routinely whacking 500 balls in a day.’
- ‘But, instead, the plucky teenager is an academic high-flier and the life and soul of his school, where his name is a byword for good natured generosity.’
- ‘The not-for-profit organisation, which hopes to become a charity within a month or two, started in 1990 with a handful of employees and a brief to reinvent the area, which had become a byword for social deprivation.’
- ‘The term ‘cultural safety’ has become such a byword for political correctness that it is often dismissed out of hand.’
- ‘This site is becoming the byword for solid, objective commentary on technology companies for the growing number of technology stock investors.’
- ‘Pluralism is often attacked as a byword for anarchy; an ‘anything goes' approach to ethics and politics.’
- ‘Phrases like ‘puppy farms’ with its connotation of cute and cuddly has changed into a byword for appalling dens of excruciating cruelty.’
- ‘Listening to this week's forecasts of a ‘killer winter’, it seems worth recalling that meteorology has often been a byword for untrustworthy predictions.’
- ‘Scotland could become an international byword for backwardness, intolerance and prejudice if that's what its elected representatives want.’
- 1.1A word or expression summarizing a thing's characteristics or a person's principles.‘‘Small is beautiful’ may be the byword for most couturiers’
- ‘The most intriguing of the calls is the one said to have been made by the flight's most famous passenger whose ‘Lets roll!’ phrase became a byword for the victims' heroism and patriotism.’
- ‘The American Revolutionary's 1748 remark stands as a byword for industrial capitalism's hurry-up ethic.’
- ‘Overall excellence for each has now become something of a byword on the music scene; in other words, the programme content is a display for some of the finest young talents around to do the works full justice.’
- ‘‘The ‘circumcision from Africa’ feature that we were defined by became a byword for all you'd satirise in a woman's magazine as earnest and worthy,’ she says.’
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