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bête noire

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1 something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
  • doing my own tax return is the bête noire that haunts me every April

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2 something or someone that is hated
  • in that organization's view, society's number one bête noire should be the drunk driver of a motor vehicle

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The first known use of bête noire was in 1805

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“Bête noire.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/b%C3%AAte%20noire. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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