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bugaboo


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bugaboo  \Bug`a*boo"\,  Bugbear  \Bug"bear`\,  n.  [See  {Bug}.] 
  Something  frightful,  as  a  specter;  anything  imaginary  that 
  causes  needless  fright;  something  used  to  excite  needless 
  fear;  also  something  really  dangerous,  used  to  frighten 
  children,  etc  ``Bugaboos  to  fright  ye.''  --Lloyd. 
 
  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 
 
  Syn:  Hobgoblin;  goblin;  specter;  ogre;  scarecrow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bugaboo 
  n  1:  an  imaginary  monster  used  to  frighten  children  [syn:  {bogeyman}, 
  {bugbear},  {boogeyman},  {booger}] 
  2:  a  source  of  concern;  "the  old  bugaboo  of  inflation  still 
  bothers  them" 




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