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bugaboo

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noun bug·a·boo \ˈbə-gə-ˌbü\

Simple Definition of bugaboo

  • : something that makes people very worried or upset

Full Definition of bugaboo

plural bug·a·boos

  1. 1 :  an imaginary object of fear

  2. 2 :  bugbear 2; also :  something that causes fear or distress out of proportion to its importance

Examples of bugaboo

  1. politicians complaining about that old bugaboo, high oil prices

  2. <doing one's tax returns are a real bugaboo for some people>



Origin of bugaboo

earlier buggybow, bugger-bo, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 1598



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