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
There is no more terrifying bogeyman in all of Portland.
Many of these cases involve money coming from China, Trump's longtime bogeyman.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—have stepped aside, and thus lack sufficient scariness as bogeymen.
Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse nailed four liberal bogeymen in a single sentence.
And being attacked by Franken, one of conservatives' favorite bogeymen, is all upside for Cruz too.
The timing seemed to make clear that Roush was on board with the university’s call, making the FS case for Hirshman as the bogeyman a little baffling at this stage.
Painting the EU as a bogeyman and making the election about Brexit has been an effective way to drum up support among vote-weary Britons given that Corbyn is a deeply unpopular political figure.
Cave’s transformation from post-punk bogeyman to timeless songsmith couldn’t have happened at a better time.
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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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