pet peeve

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Justice Department also used the dispute to raise a pet peeve: that district court judges should not have the power to issue nationwide injunctions. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court allows religious exemption for employers opposed to contraceptives," 9 July 2020 Most importantly, the gel keeps my eyebrows in place all day with no stiffness or flaking, my biggest pet peeve. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Benefit Gimme Brow Gel Is the Only Makeup I’ve Worn for Months," 15 June 2020 One of our favorite pet peeves is Printers & Scanners, the Settings replacement for Control Panel's Devices and Printers. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Control Panel isn’t dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous," 27 Mar. 2020 No doubt some of the humorist’s verdicts can offer perspective on whatever pet peeves your partner is pushing by your eighth day inside together. Phoebe Lett, New York Times, "A Podcast Playlist to Help Distract You (for the Most Part)," 22 Mar. 2020 More troubling, these two don’t know how to talk about the minor pet peeves of life without blowing up into combative arguments. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "It’s time to rate the couples on Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’," 22 Feb. 2020 Our physical features, our pet peeves, our passions -- and our roots. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Young Black Americans who want to explore their roots can take a free birthright trip to Africa. Here's how," 3 Feb. 2020 Too-small rugs: For Dallas designer Jean Liu, walking into a room and seeing all the furniture crammed onto an area rug that’s too small is her No. 1 pet peeve. Washington Post, "Professional decorators spill their 12 design pet peeves," 22 Oct. 2019 Another preparer pet peeve is conflicting records, such as providing one total for repairs to rental property plus a list of the repairs that adds up to different number. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Seven New Year’s Tax Resolutions for 2019," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pet peeve

1917, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Pet peeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pet%20peeve. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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pet peeve

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pet peeve

US : something that annoys or bothers a person very much

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