bugbear (BŬG-bâr)

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Definition (Noun) An object of dread, especially of needless dread; an imaginary terror. In weakened senses: an annoyance, bane, thorn in the flesh. In Context "As for that bugbear of a dissolution of the Union, I say, without fear of contradiction, that no practical man has ever believed in it for a day." Horace Mann, Slavery: Letters and Speeches, 1851.