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bugbear

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbugbearbug‧bear /ˈbʌɡbeə $ -ber/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 WORRIEDsomething that makes people feel annoyed or worried 🔊 Paperwork is our worst bugbear.
Examples from the Corpus
bugbearOne of his main bugbears is the foreign ownership of technology.This seems to be a major bugbear of some guns, making them harder work than applying the adhesive from a tube.He also mentioned an old bugbear - he thought Vincent should dress better.Nor was it his other bugbear, the wicked arms manufacturers.Johnson held a not dissimilar reciprocal opinion, comparing Monboddo to another of his own bugbears, Rousseau.Finally, we come to the bugbear of the 1980s - rubbish collection.
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