an imaginary being usually having a small human form and magical powers <in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck is a hobgoblin who plays pranks such as spoiling milk and tripping old ladies> Synonyms brownie
something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason <the fear of success and the pressures that come with it can be more of a hobgoblin than the possibility of failure> Related Words apparition
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