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

n., pl. -boos.
something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.
[1730–40; earlier buggybow. See bogy1, boo1]
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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"
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[ˈbʌgəbuː] N (US) → espantajo m, coco m
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"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.
This bugaboo is used everywhere by the people who have economic power to stifle progressive policies that benefit the middle class.
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