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household name

A person, thing, or brand that has become widely popular or commonly known. Because it has made reliable and affordable household appliances for over a decade, the company has become a household name. I knew that winning at the Olympics would change my life, but I didn't realize that I would become a household name!
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household word

Something that has become widely popular or commonly known. Due to the widespread adoption of mobile technology, "smartphone" has become a household word.
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*a household name

 and *a household word
Fig. well known by everyone; commonly and widely known. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; make something ~.) I want my invention to become a household word. Some kid named Perry Hodder has become a household name!
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a household name

COMMON If a someone or something is a household name, they are famous or known by many people. In one week, I will have become a household name to every man on Earth. They aim to make Tesco a household name in their country.
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a ˌhousehold ˈname/ˈword

a name/word that is extremely well known: The business she founded made her into a household name.Microsoft is a household name.
See also: household, name, word

household word

A very familiar saying, person, or thing. Although this term was perhaps originated by Shakespeare, it did not come into common use until the nineteenth century. Occasionally it is used derisively.
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The average monthly house rent in urban areas is around Nu 5,300 while households in rural areas pay around Nu 3,100 per month.
85 million households in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - higher by 1.
Households that include children, parents and grandparents -- the sandwich generation -- represent 4.
Low income households have seen an increase of five per cent from 2009-10, and middle income households have seen an increase of four per cent.
It uses indicators derived from the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings to describe changes in wellbeing for Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan and Niuean households over the period 1981--2006.
She notes, "the whole idea was not to preserve families, but to preserve orderly family government, which often meant encouraging small, weak households to disband and join up with larger, stronger ones," such as orphanages and similar institutions.
A study of the severe acute respiratory syndrome, which attacked residents of Toronto in 2003, indicates that household transmission occurred in about 20% of the cases.
3% of households in the United States; the pet population includes [approximately equal to] 62 million dogs, [approximately equal to] 69 million cats, [approximately equal to] 10 million birds, and [approximately equal to] 3 million reptiles (5).
As an analytic vehicle, this paper presents the experiences of two households that were identified and followed in the course of an extended ethnographic study of drug use and violence in the inner-city.
The prevalence of food insecurity increased for households with children, households without children, women living alone, men living alone, households with incomes above the Federal poverty line ($19,157 for a family of four in 2004), and households in the Midwest and South.
Interest rates on financial assets held by households plummeted from 5.
A fourth strategy promotes responsible consumerism by getting households to absorb more financial risk.
households, accounting for 16 million households, experienced one or more violent or property crimes as measured by the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported.
This valuable study draws on recent social historians to argue that despite the legal principle of coverture, "many wives retained various forms of separate property, secured through marriage settlements that were defensible in equity courts" (40); shows "the gendered division of labor within the home" modulating towards "a division between male activity and female inactivity" (29); explores the resort to pawnshops by housewives and theatrical managers, with pawned goods circulating through households and theaters and back again.