noun \-ˌber\

: something that causes problems or annoys people

Full Definition of BUGBEAR

:  an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear
a :  an object or source of dread
b :  a continuing source of irritation :  problem

Examples of BUGBEAR

  1. The biggest bugbear of the skiing business is a winter with no snow.
  2. <communism was once the nation's biggest bugbear>

First Known Use of BUGBEAR



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