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And besides, when folk talk of a country covered with troops, it's but a kind of a byword at the best.
In consequence of Dobbin's victory, his character rose prodigiously in the estimation of all his schoolfellows, and the name of Figs, which had been a byword of reproach, became as respectable and popular a nickname as any other in use in the school.
The casuists have become a byword of reproach; but their perverted spirit of minute discrimination was the shadow of a truth to which eyes and hearts are too often fatally sealed,--the truth, that moral judgments must remain false and hollow, unless they are checked and enlightened by a perpetual reference to the special circumstances that mark the individual lot.
FOR as long as local authorities have existed, the "council jolly" or the "junket" have been bywords for extravagant waste at the taxpayers' expense.
They do not have to look any further, as, with these two devices, LG Electronics has combined easy-to-use, exceptional features, portability, and trendy design, offering customers two new bywords in the world of netbooks.
THEY say the more things change the more they stay the same - and devoted followers of Mark Howard's excellent guide to the jumps season can rest reassured that while the horses he covers in this annual labour of love come and go, the twin bywords of thorough research and outstanding value for money remain as constant now as they were 14 years ago, writes Mark Blackman.