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bugbear

noun

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1 something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
  • communism was once the nation's biggest bugbear

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2 something that is a source of irritation
  • hated all the bugbears of modern life, especially those long commutes to work

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The first known use of bugbear was in 1552

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“Bugbear.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bugbear. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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