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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
Car exports to the U.S., which account for 0.7% of German GDP, according to Citigroup, are a particular bugbear for Mr. Trump.
One reason for that is the backing of the European Central Bank (ECB)—ironically, a bugbear of the Italian populists.
The White House announced that Kathy Kraninger would be nominated to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a bugbear for Republicans ever since its creation as part of the Dodd-Frank reforms.
His speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday was a lucid and impassioned defense of multilateral decision-making and free trade – two of Trump’s top bugbears.
Fans blasted Mourinho for negative tactics, a continual bugbear of supporters pining for the more gung ho style preferred by Sir Alex Ferguson in yester years.
But others saw another possible motivation: Mr. Nazarbayev may be eager to avoid any suggestion that Kazakhstan is turning its back on Russia and embracing pan-Turkic unity, a bugbear for Russian officials in both tsarist and Soviet times.
The unsettling allure of technological dependence has been a bugbear for parents and commentators for years.
The theme is light and fairly inconsequential, so even those who don’t know the difference between a goblin and a bugbear can still have a blast.
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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.
BUGBEAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bugbear for English Language Learners
: something that causes problems or annoys people
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