pet peeve


Definition of pet peeve

: a frequent subject of complaint

Examples of pet peeve in a Sentence

One of my biggest pet peeves is people driving too slowly on the highway.

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Addressing a pet peeve of Trump’s, Poland has met a 2% target for such expenditures. Laura King,, "Poland’s visiting president faces little pressure from Trump over democratic backsliding," 12 June 2019 And, just like solvers, crossword-puzzle creators have their own pet peeves and favorite moves. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Art and Politics of Crosswords," 21 June 2019 Everybody's different and everybody's going to have their quirks and their pet peeves. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Tidy the F*ck Up: A Conversation With Messie Condo," 17 June 2019 Most people can figure it out their biggest priorities by consulting their bank statements, monthly calendars, or list of pet peeves. Terri Huggins Hart, Good Housekeeping, "10 Brilliant Couples Therapy Hacks That Will Help Strengthen Any Relationship," 5 Apr. 2019 My Instagram interior-design pet peeve is: the way everything is starting to look the same—white interiors with nondescript midcentury furniture. Allison Duncan, WSJ, "The Expert’s Guide to Scoring Décor Deals Online," 14 Feb. 2019 Oh, and one last pet peeve of mine: over half of people don’t read anything more than the headlines online. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 2018 So with that in mind, one of the five biggest gym pet peeves take it away, Jesse? Fox News, "Spoiler alert: Moderates beat back progressives in primaries," 9 Aug. 2018 From hovering at the gate to taking shoes and socks off on the plane, there was no end to their various pet peeves. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Women Who Travel Podcast: Our Worst Airport Habits," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pet peeve

1917, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pet peeve

US : something that annoys or bothers a person very much

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