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pet peeve (n.)

"thing that provokes one most," by 1917, from pet (n.1) in the adjectival sense "especially cherished thing" (1826), here in jocular or ironic use with peeve (n.) and perhaps a suggestion of pet (n.2).

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Definitions of pet peeve from WordNet

pet peeve (n.)
an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed;
grammatical mistakes are his pet peeve
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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