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bug-a-boo Explained

bug-a-boo at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Alternative forms

* bugaboo

Pronunciation

* Inter: audio » en-us-bugaboo.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology

Inter: compound » bug|a|boo

Noun

Inter: en-nou » n
  • A mythical, nocturnal creature; a hobgoblin.
    1. Inter: quote-book »


    |year=1776
    |author=William Kenrick
    |title=London review of English and foreign literature
    |page=316
    |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=clEJAAAAQAAJ&q=bug-a-boo
    |passage=The German ubu, as well as the French bibou, is also used for bug-a-boo, hobgoblin, or any other fantastical, terrific nocturnal object.
    1. Any imagined fear or threat, or a fear presumed larger than it really is.
    2. 1949 - George R. Stewart Category: w - :Earth_Abides|Earth Abides, p. 80
    3. : ...a fear had come upon them, and they had a kind of bug-a-boo terror about roving gangsters.
    4. Inter: quote-book »


    |year=2008
    |author=Gerald Stanley Lee
    |title=Crowds
    |page=543
    |url=http://books.google.com/books?id=CupD38NAUSEC&pg=PA543&cd=1#v=onepage&q=boo-boo%20%22bug%20a%20boo%22
    |isbn=0554347180, 9780554347189
    |passage=There is the Goody-good Bug-a-boo, the Consistency Bug-a-boo, and the Bug-a-boo that Thomas Jefferson if he were living now, would never never ride in a carriage.
    Each of these bug-a-boos in the general mistiness and muddleheadedness of the time can be seen going about, saying "Boo! Boo!" to this democracy ...

    See also

    * bogey
    • boo-boo
    • bugbear


    Translation: io » bug-a-boo