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Noun: bugbear  'búg,behr
  1. An imaginary monster used to frighten children
    - bogeyman, bugaboo [N. Amer], boogeyman [US], booger [N. Amer], bogyman
     
  2. An object of dread or apprehension
    "Germany was always a bugbear for France";
    - hobgoblin

Derived forms: bugbears

Type of: monster, object

Encyclopedia: Bugbear