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Definition of bugbear:

  1. Causing needless fright.
  2. Same as Bugaboo.
  3. Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, used to frighten children, etc.
  4. To alarm with idle phantoms.


bugaboo, love, goblin, booger, detestation, curse, fear, anathema, abomination, bogy, anathema, boogeyman, difficulty, hobgoblin, hob, hate, dread, scarecrow, abhorrence, aversion, pet peeve, bane, execration, bogeyman, care, hate.

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