variants: also bogie or bogy

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1 something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
  • math and math tests have long been bogeys for many students

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2 the soul of a dead person thought of especially as appearing to living people
  • the child believed bogeys lived in the closet

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The first known use of bogey was in 1826

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“Bogey.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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