Bugaboo

Definition of Bugaboo

Bug`a`boo´
n.1.Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, or an imaginary monster, used to frighten children, etc.
But, to the world no bugbear is so great
As want of figure and a small estate.
- Pope.
The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray.
- S. B. Griffin.
The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl.
- J. Burroughs.
2.a source of concern; as, the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them.

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bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugbear, monster
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