Bugaboo - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbʌɡəbuː|  American pronunciation of the word bugaboo
Brit.  |ˈbʌɡəbuː|  British pronunciation of the word bugaboo

noun

- an imaginary monster used to frighten children (syn: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugbear)
- a source of concern

the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them

Examples

politicians complaining about that old bugaboo, high oil prices

...doing one's tax returns are a real bugaboo for some people...

the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them

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