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any source, real or imaginary, of needless fright or fear.
a persistent problem or source of annoyance.
Folklore. a goblin that eats up naughty children.
Historical Examples

Adventures of Bindle Herbert George Jenkins
In School and Out Oliver Optic
Second String Anthony Hope
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
The Abiding Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Soul Bede Jarrett
Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism Thomas Inman
The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
Aaron’s Rod D. H. Lawrence
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866 Various

a thing that causes obsessive fear or anxiety
(in English folklore) a goblin said to eat naughty children and thought to be in the form of a bear


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