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I laughed at his bugbear and flung Colonel Corkran in his teeth.

If he has not ceased to be an idol, he has at any rate ceased to be a bugbear.

The chest was soon filled with quilts and that bugbear was gone from her life.

I will keep each faction in awe by the bugbear of the other's supremacy.

We hear of the prevention of unemployment, the removal of the bugbear of "losing the job."

But to the world no bugbear is so great, As want of figure, and a small estate.

The state prison was only a bugbear then; but his father meant to do something.

He has not used Buddhism either as a bugbear or as a beau idéal.

Often a wholesome restraint; but the bugbear of an inefficient officer.

In the meantime the bugbear of her existence was making history in his own way.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, a sort of demon in the form of a bear that eats small children, also "object of dread" (whether real or not), from obsolete bug "goblin, scarecrow" (see bug (n.)) + bear (n.).

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