Bug

Bug

(bg), v. t. to annoy; to bother or pester.
[PJC]

{

Bug`a*boo"

(),

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.
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But, to the world no bugbear is so great
As want of figure and a small estate.
Pope.
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The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray.
S. B. Griffin.
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The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl.
J. Burroughs.
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2. a source of concern; as, the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them.
[WordNet 1.5]

Syn. -- Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow; bogeyman; boogeyman; booger.
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