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bêtes noires

noun , plural of 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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