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hobgoblin

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1 an imaginary being usually having a small human form and magical powers
  • in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck is a hobgoblin who plays pranks such as spoiling milk and tripping old ladies

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2 something or someone that causes fear or dread especially without reason
  • the fear of success and the pressures that come with it can be more of a hobgoblin than the possibility of failure

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“Hobgoblin.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hobgoblin. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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