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Meaning of bogeyman

bo•gey•man

Pronunciation: (boog'ē-man", bō'gē-, b'-), [key]
— pl. -men.
  1. an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, esp. a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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