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pet peeve

[ pet peev ]


  1. a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear:

    This train service is one of my pet peeves.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pet peeve1

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20

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Idioms and Phrases

A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor's cat running through my herb garden . [Early 1900s]

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Example Sentences

Also, not forcing a return and the seconds it requires in these situations is a big pet peeve of mine and is NEVER mentioned on the telecast.

And the omission or derision of dads in the parent (aka “mommy”) blogosphere is a perennial pet peeve.

A lot of my pet peeves, by the way, have to do with being unoriginal so I would say that's a top pet peeve as well.

I have a girl pet peeve: the macho prevalence of sports talk in White House briefing rooms and Washington green rooms.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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