bane of (one's) existence

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bane of (one's) existence

The source or cause of one's misfortune, unhappiness, frustration, or anxiety, usually used hyperbolically. I swear, this project is the bane of my existence. I've been working on it for months and still haven't made any real progress! Jane has been constantly annoying me all week. She's been the bane of my very existence!
See also: bane, existence, of
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But instead of heeding the message of more emphasis on safety, it blamed the messenger, saying, as did one industry spokesman recently, that "frivolous intervention is the bane of our existence.
My main competitor is Amazon, which is going to be the bane of our existence," she said.
It's innocent on the kids' behalf, but social networking has become the bane of our existence.
They are among the greatest labor-saving devices available, but they also are the bane of our existence, especially when we hear our neighbors fire up their state-of-the-art lawn equipment on a beautiful weekend morning.
Snow can be the bane of our existence, or a joy to see, especially around Christmas.
I'm fascinated by the fact that within a relatively short amount of time, e-mail has become both the most useful tool of all time and the bane of our existence.
On top of that, men's faces are made more sensitive by that daily bane of our existence, shaving.
We often look at them as the bane of our existence and the creatures that pay our bills.