bugaboo bugaboo  /ˈbə ɡə ˌbu/


  1. (n) a source of concern
  2. (n) an imaginary monster used to frighten children



  1. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the chief architect of Pope John Paul II's traditionalist moral policy, has long been a bugaboo for liberal Catholics.
  2. The biggest bugaboo of all is translation.
  3. And the country's murderous bugaboo, the guerrillas of the Shining Path, have chosen this moment to stage their biggest attack in years.


  1. Post 21 offense keeps sputtering

    For one game, at least, Independence Post 21 fixed one bugaboo and shored up its defense.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Examiner

  2. The 'Kate effect': Duchess' royal baby gear spurs retail frenzy

    With less than a month to go until the prince or princess’ expected arrival, royal family fans are eagerly eyeing Duchess Kate’s every purchase. Interest in stores linked to the future monarch have seen increased foot traffic and sales have soared. From bassinets to Bugaboos and even a luxurious hotel room “fit for a royal baby,” retailers are keen to cash in on the highly anticipated birth ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. "It's been a bugaboo for us," Torre said after a game in which his team wasted an 11-hit attack after managing only one safety Saturday. "We'll fiddle with it . We'll put a body there."
    on Jul 1, 2007 By: Joe Torre Source: Newsday

  2. "It's been a bugaboo," Piniella said, referring to Marmol's control issues.
    on Jun 7, 2009 By: Lou Piniella Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. "I like the way our guys closed the game out in the fourth quarter," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. "That was a bugaboo of ours last year."
    on Nov 1, 2006 By: Dwane Casey Source: USA Today

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