bugbear

Definitions of bugbear
1

n an imaginary monster used to frighten children

Synonyms:
bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo
Type of:
monster
an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts

n an object of dread or apprehension

“Germany was always a bugbear for France”
Synonyms:
hobgoblin
Type of:
object
the focus of cognitions or feelings

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