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  • n  an imaginary monster used to frighten children

  • But what critics pounced on aren't the perceived weakness so much as his oddly earnest appeal to make France the boogeyman of the campaign, going so far as to envision the .
  • Kind of like using stories about the boogeyman to keep your kids from getting out of bed in the middle of the night.
  • Michelle Bachman sees a boogeyman under every bed.
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  • Oregon (NCAA) demise exaggerated
    You know the final scene of the classic 1978 horror film "Halloween," when Dr. Loomis thinks he has gunned down inexorable slasher Michael Myers, knocking him through a second-story window into the yard below? Only when he looks down after consoling Jamie Lee Curtis -- "Was that the boogeyman?" she asks -- he sees ... nothing. Cue eerie piano music. Now substitute the Pac-12 and college football ...
    June 28, 2013 - ESPN Blogs

  • Tamar Jacoby in Washington Post
    Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow with the conservative Manhattan Institute think tank, called the reconquista conspiracy theory "a fantasy, a boogeyman."
  • Judy Robson in Forbes
    Healthy Wisconsin has been your boogeyman for not making progress on the budget,Robson said. "No more reasons why we can't get the budget done. ...... I hope this will be the beginning of the end of this budget stalemate. ...... The ball's...
  • Tim Kaine in
    Americans will see that and they won't see the boogeyman argument the other side has come up with,Kaine said. "It's not only going to do good for virtually every American, it's really going to show up the fact that these guys are making...

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