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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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 This is one of my biggest pet peeves ever and needs to end. Stefanie Lyn Kaufman As Told To Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is What It's Really Like to Experience Psychosis," 23 Aug. 2018 The four-piece set from Prime Bedding features an extra-deep fitted sheet that puts your most annoying pet peeve to rest. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Raving That Prime Bedding's Deep Pocket Fitted Sheets Never Come Untucked," 2 Oct. 2018 Continuing her important point about still maintaining an element of privacy while living in the public eye, 36-year-old Khloé’s second pet peeve involved questions to new moms about breastfeeding. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Is Already Sick of Being Asked These Questions About Motherhood," 9 Aug. 2018 And the earbuds communicate things like battery level and connection status with beeps and bloops, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best truly wireless earbuds to buy in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 Share your biggest design pet peeves in the comments. Amy Preiser, ELLE Decor, "Don't Try This At Home: Hanging Art," 10 Mar. 2014

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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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