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bête noire(bĕt nwär′)
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: "Fidel Castro, the bête noire of American presidents" (Benjamin I. Page).
[French : bête, beast + noire, black.]
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bête noire(bɛt nwar)
n, pl bêtes noires (bɛt nwar)
a person or thing that one particularly dislikes or dreads
[literally: black beast]
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A French phrase meaning black beast, used to mean a person or thing that someone particularly dislikes or fears.
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|Noun||1.||bete noire - a detested person; "he is an anathema to me"|
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noun pet hate, horror, nightmare, devil, curse, dread, bogey, scourge, aversion, nemesis, anathema, bane, abomination, bogeyman, bugbear, bugaboo, thorn in the flesh or side Our real bête noire is the car-boot sale.
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