Definition of bogeyman
1 : a monstrous imaginary figure used in threatening children
2 : a terrifying or dreaded person or thing : bugbear
Examples of bogeyman in a Sentence
My aunt used to say to my sister and me, “The bogeyman will get you if you're bad.”
a politician who is the familiar bogeyman of conservatives
Recent Examples of bogeyman from the Web
And being attacked by Franken, one of conservatives' favorite bogeymen, is all upside for Cruz too.
These test patterns, which worked poorly enough in ideal conditions, really fell apart when the simulators cranked up the intensity, adding bogeymen like inclement weather (of which the real New York has plenty).
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Definition of bogeyman for English Language Learners
: an imaginary monster that is used to frighten children
: a person who is hated or feared by a group of people
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