Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday phrase: bête noire

bête noire, n. \ˌbet-ˈnwär, ˌbāt-\, pl. bêtes noires

  1. : a person or thing strongly detested or avoided : bugbear

  2. Examples

     a politician who is the bête noire of liberal groups

    doing my own tax return is the bête noire that haunts me every April>


    French, literally, black beast

    First Known Use: 1828
Tags: b, french, noun, phrase, wordsmith: med_cat

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