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!
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And as hospitals and physician practices continue to try and do more with less, workflow can easily transform itself into an all-pervasive, omnipotent bane of their existence.
Real estate, once a boon for Islamic banks, is now threatening to be the bane of their existence.
This research outlines what practicing school leaders consider to be the most pressing problems in education today: "More than pressure from the standards movement, or unhappiness over salaries, or worry over the rapid turnover of personnel, school leaders say the bane of their existence is the pervasiveness of politics and bureaucracy" (p.
Cardiac surgeons often view stroke as the bane of their existence, for there is nothing more tragic than to have stroke ensue following an otherwise successful cardiac procedure.