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Bugbear vs. Hobgoblin

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Bugbear

A bugbear is a legendary creature or type of hobgoblin comparable to the boogeyman (or bugaboo or babau or cucuy), and other creatures of folklore, all of which were historically used in some cultures to frighten disobedient children.
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Hobgoblin

A hobgoblin is a spirit (creature) of the hearth, typically appearing in folklore, once considered helpful but since the spread of Christianity has often been considered mischievous. Shakespeare identifies the character of Puck in his A Midsummer Night's Dream as a hobgoblin.
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Bugbear

A cause of fear, anxiety, or irritation
Overcrowding is often a bugbear for train commuters.
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Hobgoblin

An ugly, mischievous elf or goblin.
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Bugbear

A difficult or persistent problem
"One of the major bugbears of traditional AI is the difficulty of programming computers to recognize that different but similar objects are instances of the same type of thing" (Jack Copeland).
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Hobgoblin

An object or a source of fear, dread, or harassment; a bugbear
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
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Bugbear

A fearsome imaginary creature, especially one evoked to frighten children.
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Hobgoblin

A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans.
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Bugbear

An ongoing problem; a recurring obstacle or adversity.
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Hobgoblin

(by extension) A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.
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Bugbear

A source of dread; resentment; or irritation.
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Hobgoblin

A frightful goblin; an imp; a bugaboo; also, a name formerly given to the household spirit, Robin Goodfellow.
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Bugbear

(archaic) An imaginary creature meant to inspire fear in children.
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Hobgoblin

(folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
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Bugbear

(transitive) To alarm with idle phantoms.
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Hobgoblin

An object of dread or apprehension;
Germany was always a bugbear for France
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds
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Bugbear

Same as Bugaboo.
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Bugbear

To alarm with idle phantoms.
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Bugbear

An imaginary monster used to frighten children
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Bugbear

An object of dread or apprehension;
Germany was always a bugbear for France
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds
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