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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bug·bear /-ˌbær, ˌbɛr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bug·a·boo Bug·bear  n.  Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, or an imaginary monster, used to frighten children, etc. Bugaboos to fright ye.”
 But, to the world no bugbear is so great
 As want of figure and a small estate.   --Pope.
    The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray.   --S. B. Griffin.
    The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl.   --J. Burroughs.
 Syn: -- Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow; bogeyman; boogeyman; booger.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bug·bear n. Same as Bugaboo. -- a.  Causing needless fright.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bug·bear, v. t. To alarm with idle phantoms.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an imaginary monster used to frighten children [syn: bogeyman,
            bugaboo, boogeyman, booger]
      2: an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a
         bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the
         hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson [syn: hobgoblin]