AskDefine | Define bugaboo

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1 an imaginary monster used to frighten children [syn: bogeyman, bugbear, boogeyman, booger]
2 a source of concern; "the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them"

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  1. An imagined fear or threat, or a fear presumed larger than it really is.
    ...a fear had come upon them, and they had a kind of bug-a-boo  terror about roving gangsters.

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