- a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear: This train service is one of my pet peeves.
Origin of pet peeve
An Americanism dating back to 1915–20
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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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