nounchiefly North American
An object of fear or alarm; a bugbear.
- On the ground at Italy's Bologna International Airport, I ran into the same old bugaboos that make travel back home such a hassle.
- One of the main bugaboos that Americans have about national healthcare is the fear that it means long waiting times for office visits and elective surgery.
- On a related matter, lack of socialization is the bugaboo of the anti-homeschooler.
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