"bugbears" in the noun sense
1. bogeyman, bugbear, bugaboo, boogeyman, booger
an imaginary monster used to frighten children
2. bugbear, hobgoblin
an object of dread or apprehension
"Germany was always a bugbear for France"
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"
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