boo·​gey·​man | \ ˈbu̇-gē-ˌman How to pronounce boogeyman (audio) , ˈbü- \
variants: or less commonly boogerman \ ˈbu̇-​gər-​ How to pronounce boogeyman (audio) , ˈbü-​ \

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Recent Examples on the Web Inflation has been the boogeyman for Wall Street this year and higher prices are also beginning to spook some consumers. Cnn Business, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 Democrats are going to have to find another boogeyman in their 2022 midterm election message, or another theme., 3 Nov. 2021 California opponents of the effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom have found a useful boogeyman to scare voters away from choosing a GOP governor: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his COVID policies. Steven Lemongello,, 10 Sep. 2021 What the emails released this week re-prove is this: Fauci has become Republicans' new favorite boogeyman. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 4 June 2021 Inflation — traditionally the Brazilian boogeyman for presidential approval ratings — is approaching double-digits, with higher costs for mainstays like food, gasoline and electricity. Débira Álvares And David Biller, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 However his career might have turned out since, never forget that Johnny Manziel was the boogeyman in Tuscaloosa for the better part of a calendar year. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 Oct. 2021 The former boogeyman of the American left, once viewed as rash, incurious and overly trusting of his gut, has been eclipsed by an even more absurd, menacing figure. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Not everybody thinks corporate home investing is the boogeyman here. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of boogeyman

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boogeyman

by alteration

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