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an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Contemporary Examples

The Insurance Industry’s Liberal Turn Daniel Gross July 9, 2013
Al Franken is the Right’s New Punching Bag Benjamin Sarlin January 4, 2009
Why the Left Should Not Call for Talks with Hamas Don Futterman August 21, 2012
P5+1 Talks Drill Down On The Future Of Iran’s Nukes Michael Adler February 19, 2014
Tactical Humorist: Gingrich Referees, Romney Channels Costanza, Santorum on Dukakis Mark Katz February 23, 2012
‘Return to the War Room’ Reminded Me How I Learned to Beat Republicans Mark Katz October 13, 2008
Syria’s Day of Slaughter Lauren Williams April 21, 2011
Softbank’s Acquisition of Sprint Latest Big Japanese Buy Matthew Zeitlin October 15, 2012

noun (pl) -men
a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children


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