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1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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or bo·gy·man

an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.

Origin of bogeyman

  • Also boog·ey·man or boog·ie·man [ b oo g -ee-man, boo -gee-]; /ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈbu gi-/; South Midland and Southern U.S. , boog·er·man [ b oo g -er-man, boo -ger-] /ˈbʊg ərˌmæn, ˈbu gər-/ .

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For the left, the situation represented the right’s opposition to progress and fixation on cultural bogeymen.

Its rise has been powered by a strategy of mobilizing Hindu voters using the country’s minorities as the bogeyman .

Kashmir thus fits neatly into the BJP’s use of Muslims as the bogeyman to unite the vastly disparate Hindu voter base against the dangerous “other.”

The movement has served, at times, as a bogeyman for police and the far right in general, with Snohomish’s own police chief resigning last year, days before the Back The Blue rally, after he fueled rumors of an ominous antifa mob approaching town.

A neo-Nazi alliance called Right Sector, which was active in pro-Maidan violence, is another bogeyman .

What went before, an interim framework agreement that caused a great deal of controversy, is no longer the bogeyman .

Insurance is a large and varied industry, and frequently plays the heavy and bogeyman , especially the health insurers.

“China has replaced Japan as the bogeyman of East Asia in terms of international investment,” said Milhaupt.

Hamas remains the bogeyman , much as the PLO was, before Madrid and Oslo, but with some crucial differences.

British Dictionary definitions for bogeyman

/ ( ˈbəʊɡɪˌmæn ) /

a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children

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