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bugbear (n.)

"something that causes terror," especially needless terror, 1580s, a sort of demon in the form of a bear that eats small children, also "object of dread" (whether real or not), from obsolete bug "goblin, scarecrow" (see bug (n.)) + bear (n.).

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Definitions of bugbear from WordNet

bugbear (n.)
an imaginary monster used to frighten children;
Synonyms: bogeyman / bugaboo / boogeyman / booger
bugbear (n.)
an object of dread or apprehension; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson;
Germany was always a bugbear for France
Synonyms: hobgoblin
From wordnet.princeton.edu