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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 ?
For me no terrors resided in the thought of bugaboos and wicked ogres.
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.
When we reached the top of the steep set of peaks known as the Bugaboos, Luna was exhausted (though snacking on lightweight jerky always helps keep her going).
A unified environment will improve collaboration between sales, manufacturing, and Bugaboos head officeboosting the companys time to market and customer service.
With this in mind that I had no qualms ( well maybe a few ( about my trip to the Bugaboos.
The Dodgers roughed up Scott Elarton for the second time in less than two weeks, quickly laying to rest any speculation that their old, offensive bugaboos were back.
In addition, quiz your construction team on the latest techniques available to avoid common bugaboos.
The international intent is clear enough from the justifications cited for the dragnet: such familiar bugaboos as child porn rings, terrorism, and international drug trafficking.
But observers can expect two or three Bugaboos and one or two Capital Grilles in the coming year.
The real social problems of this country do not have anything to do with Clinton's sex life or with the panoply of rightwing bugaboos.
For some reason I feel tempted to add to this the possible desire, on Graham-Dixon's part, to cultivate certain bombastic but admittedly fragile, blurb-dispensing egos by avoiding or else seconding their bugaboos.