Usage examples for bugbear

  1. " I dare say he has held it up as a bugbear till it has become one to himself," said Mr. Stackpole. – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  2. The two northern ones, with their vast populations and immense amount of work, are the bugbear of the puisne judge. – The Queen Against Owen by Allen Upward
  3. But apart from this, the fact is, the argument is simply used as a bugbear to frighten the timid and deter them from claiming their just position, both social and civil. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster