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Examples of bugbear in a Sentence
The biggest bugbear of the skiing business is a winter with no snow.
communism was once the nation's biggest bugbear
Recent Examples of bugbear from the Web
Airbus said three problem aircraft programs will remain a bugbear for the rest of the year after weighing on earnings in the first quarter.
Joannopoulos said that the two competing methods of making photonic crystals — lithography and self-assembly — are each battling their own set of bugbears.
Regulation of any kind has been the bugbear of corporate-minded Republicans for time immemorial.
One huge bugbear of most FIFA 18 players is the mechanics of defending, which has been given a huge overhaul this year.
Another bugbear is the law’s requirement for personal information.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that the administration would review stronger personal-data safeguards, a move that would likely empower a Republican bugbear: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
This was one of the series' continuing bugbears, as explained in this three-part post by Yamauchi from 2014.
Many of the series' most pernicious bugbears have been dumped.
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Did You Know?
Bugbear sounds like some kind of grotesque hybrid creature from fable or folklore, and that very well may be what the word's creator was trying to evoke. When the word entered English in the 16th century, it referred to any kind of creature made up to frighten someone-most often a child; in 1592, Thomas Nashe wrote of "Meere bugge-beares to scare boyes." The word combines "bug," an old word for goblin, with "bear," which is perhaps what such made-up creatures were described as resembling. The "source of dread or annoyance" sense came not long after. In the late 20th century, the word found new life as the name of a particular kind of creature in the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
First Known Use of bugbear
Synonymsbête noire, black beast, bugaboo, bogey, dread, hobgoblin, ogre
Related Wordsapparition, ghost, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, wraith; banshee, bogeyman (also bogyman), demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp, incubus; fright, horrible, horror, monster, monstrosity, terror; bane, curse, enemy, plague, scourge, torment; abomination, anathema
Near Antonymsdelight, joy, pleasure
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