bugaboo

[ buhg-uh-boo ]SEE DEFINITION OF bugaboo

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The big boiler, the "bugaboo" of my dreams all summer, lay on the bank.

Latin was still a bugaboo to Steve, but it, too, was getting easier.

Knowing my horse, I put him at the Emperor's head, and Bugaboo went at it like a shot.

He either did not see me, or else decided that I was not a bugaboo.

As a bugaboo, the mere fact that you have money does not frighten me in the least, Mr. Morgan.

In spite of any bugaboo we shall remain a Federal republic and a free people.

She found that, after all, white prejudice was not so much a bugaboo as she had imagined.

I should be a bugaboo to Owen—I should be fatally in the way.

He was a myth, a bugaboo—elusive as the buzz of a mosquito around your ear.

To-day the bugaboo to the world's children is Bolshevism; that is what will "get us if we don't look out."

WORD ORIGIN

1843, earlier buggybow (1740), probably an alteration of bugbear (also see bug (n.)), but connected by Chapman ["Dictionary of American Slang"] with Bugibu, demon in the Old French poem "Aliscans" from 1141, which is perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Cornish bucca-boo, from bucca "bogle, goblin").

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