- a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker.
Origin of bystander
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observer, viewer, passerby, witness; rubberneck, sidewalk superintendent.
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Examples from the Web for bystander
According to police, Frias got into a disagreement with a bystander at the scene.Texas Gun Slingers Police the Police—With a Black Panthers Tactic
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Wahlberg fled from the scene and approached a bystander, Hoa Trinh, also Vietnamese.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
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Video of the horrific episode was captured by a bystander, Ramsey Orta, who then sold it to the New York Daily News.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
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A video of the confrontation shot by a bystander shows Garner surrounded by a group of police officers.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
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Even so, AEI is mostly a bystander as Republicans fight among themselves to squelch the Tea Party grassroots.D.C.’s Conservative Guru Finds His Inner Hippie
June 27, 2014
"He wouldn't thank you, sir, for interfering," remarked a bystander.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
"It must have been a house of accommodation then for man and beast," replied a bystander.
Wilson watched him as curiously as though he had been merely a bystander.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
"They are talking of sending her to the Refuge," answered a bystander.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
A bystander interfered, and declared in favour of the strangers.
- a person present but not involved; onlooker; spectator
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Word Origin and History for bystander
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