Before agreeing, I should want to know what precisely they understood by the word "bte."
Well, he could not dine at the bte, and after all one must dine somewhere.
On the other hand the Italians are completely free of the French bte noir, chauvinisme.
Not even in his Recollections was Mr. Chorley able to forget his bte noir.
He hated his sisters lorgnon, and her lorgnon manner was his bte noir.
He was also my bte noire, and he never missed an opportunity to vent his spite.
The colour must have inspired feelings akin to awe in the minds of the natives, for white is their bte noire.
The world does not deserve to be yet delivered from that bte.
European criticism of your bte noir, old Leopold, is entitled to attention; American (of him or any other king) is not.
He has, it may be said, only one bte noir, the blatant and flamboyant Meyerbeer.