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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Without further ado, here is Executive Travel’s top 10 hotel pet peeves for 2019. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Executive Travel’s top 10 list of hotel pet peeves for 2019," 18 Aug. 2019 But Jones’ ball control was not always airtight, a pet peeve of Harbaugh’s, and the former Gilman star was not present for any of the organized team activities or minicamp practices open to reporters. Jonas Shaffer,, "The four most interesting position battles at Ravens training camp," 19 July 2019 This is a particular pet peeve of My Lovely Wife, who travels often to England for business. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Arms out, head down: Here’s how to get through when the sidewalk is crowded.," 10 July 2019 My fashion pet peeve is how people dress at the airport. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Comfortable Brands to Wear on a Long-Haul Flight," 2 July 2019 Privacy and Security Overreaching app permissions are a pet peeve of mine. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "An iOS 13 Preview: The 7 Top Features Coming to Your iPhone," 25 June 2019 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

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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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