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household word

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noun
  1. a familiar name, phrase, saying, etc.; byword: The advertising campaign is designed to make this new product a household word.

Origin of household word

First recorded in 1590–1600
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  • What Strikes us in this "household-word" work, especially in the first movement, is its significant simplicity.

    Beethoven's Symphonies Critically Discussed

    Alexander Teetgen