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  • n  an imaginary monster used to frighten children
  • n  an object of dread or apprehension
    Germany was always a bugbear for France

  • Since then, the perpetrators of the struggle against Santa have taken on many forms; just about every major bugbear on the radical left has at one point or another been blamed.
  • No matter how well intentioned, China's stimulus package may provide little more than a short-lived growth blip if officials are unable to control the perennial bugbear of Chinese .
  • Last week, while Bob McConnell was beaming over Polectron and Promika, politicsan old Aniline bugbearrose up to plague him.
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  • Britain to pay more for power than Germany for a decade - Credit Suisse
    LONDON (Reuters) - British electricity prices may be almost double those in Germany within three years due largely to the impact of a new tax aimed at supporting renewable power generation, a report by bank Credit Suisse showed on Wednesday. Rises in retail prices have become a popular bugbear in Britain at a time when wages are falling in real terms. The bank's analysis showed wholesale prices ...
    June 19, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News

  • Colin Montgomerie in AFP
    But it took nearly five hours to complete and Montgomerie said afterwards: "Golf's got too slow - that's my bugbear in life. Five hours is an hour too long. There's no reason why we can't get round any course anywhere in the world in any conditions...
  • Michael Vaughan in DailyIndia.com
    Michael Vaughan, England's Test captain, said: "The cricket sweater has been my bugbear for many a year. This new fabric will give us a lighter feel. Even if it's a little cold, I am delighted to see the end of the last woolly sweater."

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