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pet peeve

noun

Simple Definition of pet peeve

  • : something that annoys or bothers a person very much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pet peeve

  1. :  a frequent subject of complaint

Examples of pet peeve in a sentence

  1. One of my biggest pet peeves is people driving too slowly on the highway.



Circa 1919

First Known Use of pet peeve

circa 1919


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