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bête noire

(ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑr)

n., pl. bêtes noires (ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑrz)
a person or thing esp. disliked or dreaded.
[1835–45; < French: literally, black beast]
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He came down heavily on party's betenoire, Mayawati, whom Kidwai had worked with before joining SP.
The bespectacled Italian politician, who is rapidly developing into the biggest betenoire for Euro-sceptics since Jacques Delors, shapes his sentences carefully, but a good many of them contain sentiments which the British government, in particular, would rather not have aired in public.