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Outsiders are the bane of the police as of other professions.

These garments, made by my mother's own hands, had long been the bane of my existence.

Every bane has its corresponding antidote; if so, there may be physic even for a philter.

It was the bane of a low connexion poisoned all hope of recovery.

The scorn of that old woman at Houghton, had been the bane of her existence.

Absenteeism is agreed on all hands to be the bane of Ireland.

He contracted the habit of drinking, the bane of Lincoln's business career.

"I always said your pride would be your bane," says Cecil, reprovingly.

Harpies of this ilk are the bane of sight-seeing all the world over.

It might be good for hogs, but it was a form of monks' bane, as it were.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bana "killer, slayer, murderer; the devil," from Proto-Germanic *banon, cognate with *banja- "wound" (cf. Old Frisian bona "murderer," Old Norse bani, Old High German bana "murder," Old English benn "wound," Gothic banja "stroke, wound"), from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill, wound" (cf. Avestan banta "ill"). Modern sense of "that which causes ruin or woe" is from 1570s.

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