Examples from the Web for hobgoblin
To the speechwriters, he was the hobgoblin of editors, demanding we cram in more statistics, more attacks, more examples.
May we not have the precise height of this hobgoblin, in inches and fractions?Wilderness of Spring|Edgar Pangborn
The second hobgoblin will be there, a mighty Ghost of valor.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama|Walter L. Fleming
He made a convulsive frontal attack upon the hobgoblin—and the massacre began.Lords of the Housetops|Various
The membracids must of all deserve the name of "bugges" for no elf or hobgoblin was ever more bizarre.Edge of the Jungle|William Beebe
I've been through the ravine lots of times at night, right by the cross, and I never met anybody, not the first hobgoblin!Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for hobgoblin
Word Origin for hobgoblin
Word Origin and History for hobgoblin
1520s, from hob "elf," from Hobbe, a variant of Rob (cf. Hick for Richard, Hodge for Rodger, etc.), short for Robin Goodfellow, elf character in German folklore, + goblin.