pet peeve

pet peeve

noun
a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear: This train service is one of my pet peeves.

Origin:
1915–20, Americanism

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pet peeve definition


  1. n.
    a major or principal annoyance or complaint. : Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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pet peeve

A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor's cat running through my herb garden. [Early 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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