Bug(bg), v. t. to annoy; to bother or pester.
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, or an imaginary monster, used to frighten children, etc. "Bugaboos to fright ye." Lloyd.
But, to the world no bugbear is so greatPope.
As want of figure and a small estate.
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.
Syn. -- Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow; bogeyman; boogeyman; booger.
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