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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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 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

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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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