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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The all-encompassing success of Netflix, a company that largely spurns the theatrical experience, has become something of a boogeyman for major studios. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Quentin Tarantino’s Box-Office Success Says About Hollywood," 29 July 2019 The Left’s favorite boogeymen — the Koch brothers and the Mercers of the world — are fully capable of exerting influence on the political process by other means. Nate Hochman, National Review, "Progressives’ Push for Campaign-Finance ‘Reform’ Is a Blatant, Frontal Assault on Free-Speech Rights," 1 Aug. 2019 Hilter and the Manson family have been among the most prominent boogeymen of the last century, existing as embodiments of pure evil in the popular psyche for generations. Scott Huver, CNN, "Quentin Tarantino has been telling us fairy tales from the very beginning," 29 July 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was another Republican boogeyman on the debate stage. CBS News, "Democratic debate: Candidates go head-to-head on second night — live updates," 27 June 2019 The show, directed by Derrick Sanders (the production is in association with the Apollo Theater, Baltimore Center Stage and Congo Square Theatre Co.), is peppered with boogeyman shadows on the walls. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’," 25 June 2019 More broadly Soros is a common boogeyman figure for those on the right. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump says Kavanaugh allegations were a “hoax”," 9 Oct. 2018 The boogeyman is real sometimes: Forget the monster under the bed. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 26 Mar. 2019 Nearly all of these results underscore a crucial question: Is beta-amyloid the real boogeyman behind Alzheimer’s? Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Roller Coaster Year for Alzheimer's Treatment," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of boogeyman

circa 1850, in the meaning defined above

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