bogeyman

[boog-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo-]
noun, plural bogeymen.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.


Origin:
1885–90; bogey (variant of bogy1) + man1

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

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bogeyman
16c., see bogey (1).
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Example sentences
And leave your politics under your bed with the bogeyman, thanks.
But when you look at all these videos, the bogeyman isn't there.
Having said that, it is not the bogeyman that it is so often made out to be.
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