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bogy1

[boh-gee; for 1, 2 also boo g-ee, boo-gee] /ˈboʊ gi; for 1, 2 also ˈbʊg i, ˈbu gi/
noun, plural bogies.
1.
a hobgoblin; evil spirit.
2.
anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses.
3.
something that functions as a real or imagined barrier that must be overcome, bettered, etc.:
Fear is the major bogy of novice mountain climbers. A speed of 40 knots is a bogy for motorboats.
4.
Military, bogey1 (def 3).
Also, bogey (for defs 1–3); bogie.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; bog, variant of bug (noun) + -y2

bogy2

[boh-gee] /ˈboʊ gi/
noun, plural bogies.
1.
bogie1 .
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  • The germs probably enter the bogy through the nose and possibly through broken skin.
British Dictionary definitions for bogy

bogey1

/ˈbəʊɡɪ/
noun
1.
an evil or mischievous spirit
2.
something that worries or annoys
3.
(golf)
  1. a score of one stroke over par on a hole Compare par (sense 5)
  2. (obsolete) a standard score for a hole or course, regarded as one that a good player should make
4.
(slang) a piece of dried mucus discharged from the nose
5.
(air force, slang) an unidentified or hostile aircraft
6.
(slang) a detective; policeman
verb
7.
(transitive) (golf) to play (a hole) in one stroke over par
Word Origin
C19: probably related to bug² and bogle1; compare bugaboo

bogie1

/ˈbəʊɡɪ/
noun
1.
an assembly of four or six wheels forming a pivoted support at either end of a railway coach. It provides flexibility on curves
2.
(mainly Brit) a small railway truck of short wheelbase, used for conveying coal, ores, etc
3.
a Scot word for soapbox (sense 3)
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

bogy

/ˈbəʊɡɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
a variant spelling of bogey1 , bogie1
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Slang definitions & phrases for bogy

bogey

noun
  1. A police officer (1930s+ Underworld)
  2. An enemy aircraft, esp an attacking fighter plane (WWII Army Air Forces fr British RAF)
  3. A golf score of one stroke over par on a given hole (late 1800s+ British)

[all senses fr bogy or bogey, ''evil spirit, hobgoblin,'' the boogy or boogy-man invoked to frighten children; the golf sense originated in 1890 when Dr Thomas Browne, a naval surgeon, compared his opponent, the ''ground score,'' to the ''Bogey Man'' of a popular song, at any rate, so it is said]


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