Bugbear - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbʌɡber|  American pronunciation of the word bugbear
Brit.  |ˈbʌɡbɛː|  British pronunciation of the word bugbear

noun

- an imaginary monster used to frighten children (syn: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo)
- an object of dread or apprehension(syn: hobgoblin)

Germany was always a bugbear for France

Examples

The biggest bugbear of the skiing business is a winter with no snow.

...communism was once the nation's biggest bugbear...

Paperwork is our worst bugbear.

Germany was always a bugbear for France

Word forms

noun
singular: bugbear
plural: bugbears
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