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[ boog-ee-man, boo-gee- ]


, plural boog·ey·men.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of boogeyman1

First recorded in 1840–50

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Example Sentences

The practice, known as microtargeted advertising, is one of the Internet’s biggest boogeymen and has long been criticized as invasive, discriminatory and divisive.

By being looped into this national racial boogeyman, they are fodder for outrage.

He says that posture is a popular boogeyman—the presumed culprit for everything from back pain, to headaches, to the constriction of blood vessels, to fatigue.

For Republican politicians, cancel culture is a boogeyman of dazzling dexterity, capable of inflaming donors’ paranoia and opening their wallets.

For years, Republicans have linked all Democrats to boogeymen like Nancy Pelosi, AOC and Hillary Clinton.

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Are you curious, as I am, to know the literal meaning of the word or phrase Griswold translated as “boogeyman”?

For many, the events of the last few weeks have only intensified perceptions of Cuba as regional boogeyman.

The news quickly took Washington by storm, earning Cantor the nickname the “boogeyman.”

So, every story in Night Shift, especially “The Boogeyman” and “I Am the Doorway”—was huge for me.

He was generally considered the number one fighter in the game, going by the nickname of The Boogeyman.

Now that we knew Oswalds you know they really think we are boogeyman or something.