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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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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."
You must understand, with Wolfi and Hansi, his good friend they are reacting violently, and of course understandably, against the past; their world is full of real and imagined monsters and bugaboos.' 'So?' 'Just that.
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).
But turning the House of Commons lobby into a traffic jam of Bugaboos? Let's leave that one on the quiet step and accept that there are enough worthwhile causes on our hands without coming up with trite and ludicrous reasons to throw the rattle out of the pram.
Children will be eager to find out, even as they wrap their tongues delightedly around the array of imaginary bugaboos.
She is survived by her husband, Wilfred Guillotte of Worcester, a son Mark Currier of Blandon, PA, daughters; Cheryl Donovan and Michelle Marks, both of Worcester, her eight "bugaboos" Shawn and Joshua Donovan, Hannah and Kayla Marks, Amanda Little, Kristopher, Micheal and Danielle Currier, and a great-grandson Brendan Little.
A Britishbased punter would call them trends - and some of the leading contenders are looking to throw off some pretty serious bugaboos, to use the local vernacular.
With this in mind that I had no qualms ( well maybe a few ( about my trip to the Bugaboos.
The Bugaboos, named after a turn-of-20th-century gold hoax, have become icons of the mountain world.