The weather, being practically the bete noire of our existence, came in for a good deal of abuse.
It is a morbid desire to wear the skates on my feet that has always been my bete noire.
At last I lost my bete noire, and found a place close to the door with nothing but a low pile of logs in my front.
It was a solution to her great difficulty, a loophole by which she might get rid of her bete noire, the hated Isabel.
Even the winter snows—forever its bete noire—did not discourage him, not for long, at any rate.
Bradwood, the rival, the bete noire of the banking-house of Mortimer & Co.
And at these words my post-boy started, and released me from my bete noire.
"insufferable person," 1844, from French bête noire "personal aversion," as an adjective, "stupid, foolish;" literally "the black beast."
Something or someone a person views with particular dislike: “The new candidate for governor is the bête noire of all the liberals in the state.” From French, meaning “black beast.”