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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One of Weeks’ pet peeves is when people complain about state fish and game rules, but don’t participate in the Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings held by the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin’s Musky Whisperer spills his secret: Thinking like a scientist," 3 July 2018 Omanesh confirms one of his pet peeves is being asked to go through a drive-thru, riders eating in the car, and sometimes spilling food and drinks, and leaving trash behind. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "How to improve your Uber or Lyft passenger rating — and why you would want to," 21 May 2018 Bare feet in flight, by the way, is the pet peeve of more than 90 percent of air travelers, according to a recent Expedia survey. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Buckle up! Air travel has become turbulent in more ways than one," 18 June 2018 The conversation hit on wellness pet peeves and unequal access, ultimately turning to focus on the importance of collective self-care and the uplifting power of sisterhood. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "12 Things We Loved About Healthyish Homecoming," 13 June 2018 One of Marvin Lewis’ repeated pet peeves of players spending too much time on the ground in these practices. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert misses start of mini-camp," 12 June 2018 But one of his biggest pet peeves was something going on at home – the drivers clogging the busy roads heading in and out of the nation’s capital. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Marine colonel's obituary blasts 'incompetent' Virginia drivers," 1 June 2018 That’s been my pet peeve about Ashley Monroe and her music. Jon Bernstein, GQ, "Ashley Monroe Is the Beating Heart of Old-School Country," 8 May 2018 But these small pet peeves aside, the VW California is smartly engineered, a ton of fun to drive, and comfortable to sleep in. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why the Volkswagen California van is the camper we need," 9 May 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

: something that annoys or bothers a person very much

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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