boogeyman

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

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Recent Examples on the Web This Halloween, the coronavirus is a very real boogeyman, lurking behind every mask. Jeanette Marantos, Star Tribune, "How to safely celebrate Halloween," 16 Oct. 2020 The fantasy adventure tries too hard to start a franchise with a plot centering on a teen girl (Tamara Smart) who joins a top-secret supergroup of babysitters battling a boogeyman (Tom Felton) using kid nightmares for nefarious purposes. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Love and Monsters' and 'Clouds'," 15 Oct. 2020 An obscure federal policy requiring local governments to study housing segregation has become an unlikely boogeyman of the 2020 presidential election. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Federal rule on housing integration never got off the ground," 3 Oct. 2020 Hannity then steered the conversation to much happier territory for Trump: the boogeyman of voter fraud. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump downplayed Hope Hicks' Covid diagnosis on Fox hours before announcing he also tested positive," 2 Oct. 2020 But Halloween is special to Beattie, a horror-movie lover who will often dress as Michael Myers or another famous boogeyman to hand out candy. Washington Post, "Hoping for a safer Halloween, this Cincinnati dad created a candy chute," 28 Sep. 2020 In 2020, the terrors of a global pandemic, natural disasters, and police brutality are as tangible as the grip of a boogeyman. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Director Nia DaCosta on Candyman's Real-World Horrors," 16 Sep. 2020 The group gathered around the town square, waiting for the arrival of what has become a new American boogeyman: antifa. Star Tribune, "Trump, social media, right-wing news stir up antifa scares," 23 Sep. 2020 The group gathered around the town square, waiting for the arrival of what has become a new American boogeyman: antifa. orlandosentinel.com, "Trump, social media, right-wing news stir up antifa scares," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of boogeyman

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for boogeyman

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“Boogeyman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boogeyman. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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