bogeyman

UK [ˈbəʊɡɪˌmæn] / US [ˈboʊɡɪˌmæn] / US [ˈbʊɡɪˌmæn] noun [countable]
Word forms "bogeyman":
singular bogeyman plural bogeymen UK [ˈbəʊɡɪˌmen] / US [ˈboʊɡɪˌmen] / US [ˈbʊɡɪˌmen]
1) an imaginary evil creature used in stories for frightening children

The bogeyman's going to get you.

2) someone or something that people believe is bad and causes problems

The newspapers had portrayed him as the new economic bogeyman.


English dictionary. 2014.

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