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Meaning of bugbear

bug•bear

Pronunciation: (bug'bâr"), [key]
— n.
  1. any source, real or imaginary, of needless fright or fear.
  2. a persistent problem or source of annoyance.
  3. a goblin that eats up naughty children.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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