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  • Indeed, I am afraid all this is true: and it is owing to some little degree of politeness, that Mr. Lovelace does not say all he might on this subject: for I have no doubt that I am the talk, and perhaps the bye-word of half the county.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • He hath made me a bye-word of the people; and aforetime I was as

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • ‘Keep a sure watch over a shameless daughter — [yet no watch could hold you!] lest she make thee a laughing stock to thine enemies — [as you have made us all to this cursed Lovelace,] and a bye-word in the city, and a reproach among the people, and make thee ashamed before the multitude.’

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Messiah of freedom, which he believed himself to be, has his name become a bye-word, a reproach, and an enormity?

    La Vend�e

  • Poor compensation this to the slaveholders for making themselves a bye-word, a proverb, and a reproach to Christendom -- for giving a new and mighty impulse to abolition, and for deepening the detestation felt by the true friends of liberty and humanity, for an institution asking and obtaining for its protection a law so repugnant to the moral sense of mankind.

    Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)

  • His bye-word was "Bully for Bragg; he's hell on retreat, and will whip the Yankees yet."

    "Co. Aytch" Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment or, A Side Show of the Big Show

  • His majesty felt this so deeply that he distributed the honour of knighthood, on the presentation of these addresses, with such a liberal hand, as to give rise to the bye-word of

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

  • While employed in the intricate business of undressing, one of his friends, or one whom he believed such -- for your misers seldom have any -- observed that his pantofles had made him quite the bye-word of the city, and that it was high time to buy a new pair.

    Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers

  • O thou of faultless limbs, be the object of laughter in the world, and, O beauteous damsel, a bye-word with all the celestials.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3

  • For that matter the coronal was a bye-word, and why not?

    The Collectors

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