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n. pl. bug·a·boos
1. An object of often obsessive fear, anxiety, or irritation: raising the bugaboo of socialism to derail a plan for national health insurance.
2. A difficult or persistent problem: "At the bottom of all these deficiencies of planning and execution ... lay that old bugaboo, lack of unity of command" (Philip B. Davidson).

[Perhaps of Celtic origin and akin to Welsh bwg, ghost.]


n, pl -boos
an imaginary source of fear; bugbear; bogey
[C18: probably of Celtic origin; compare Cornish buccaboo the devil]


(ˈbʌg əˌbu)

n., pl. -boos.
something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.
[1730–40; earlier buggybow. See bogy1, boo1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bugaboo - an imaginary monster used to frighten childrenbugaboo - an imaginary monster used to frighten children
monster - an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
2.bugaboo - a source of concern; "the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them"
headache, worry, vexation, concern - something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"


[ˈbʌgəbuː] N (US) → espantajo m, coco m


References in classic literature ?
It is some old woman's bugaboo that you are haling out of a dark corner of your imagination to frighten yourself with.
Describe him, in order that, if we meet him by chance, like Bugaboo John or Lara, we may recognize him.
For me no terrors resided in the thought of bugaboos and wicked ogres.
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8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Travail 9 Edits 10 Reels 11 Atlanta 12 Hub 13 Lobbyist 16 Twiddled 17 Loo 19 Bugaboo 21 Endow 22 Anger 23 Nastier DOWN: 1 Starchy 2 Take a bow 3 Rats 4 Deployed 5 Lion 6 Aswan 8 Lead Balloon 13 Ladybird 14 Salad oil 15 Forward 18 U-Boat 20 Gags 21 Else QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Spendthrift 8 Ice 9 Lot 11 Darling 12 Usage 13 Ink 14 Ban 15 Wheezed 17 Mac 19 Acre 21 Ogre 23 Mayo 25 Tuba 27 Wee 29 Stroppy 31 Ran 34 Pro 36 Slope 37 Carried 38 Opt 39 See 40 Sentimental DOWN: 1 Scan 2 Perk 3 Neither 4 Tagged 5 Rouge 6 Flab 7 Toga 8 Idiom 10 Tense 16 Day 18 Cob 20 Cow 22 Gas 24 Aspirin 25 Torso 26 Romcom 28 Erode 30 Tweet 32 Alps 33 Note 34 Pisa 35 Reel
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