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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]
n., pl. -boos.
something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.
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|Noun||1.||bugaboo - 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"|