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bête noire

A person or thing that one strongly dislikes. This phrase means "black beast" in French. People who chew loudly are really my bête noire. She's trying to get her shift changed because night work is her bête noire.
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bête noire

A person or thing that is particularly disliked. For example, Calculus was the bête noire of my freshman courses. This phrase, French for "black beast," entered the English language in the early 1800s. For synonyms, see pain in the neck; thorn in one's flesh.
See also: bete, noire

your, his, etc. bête ˈnoire

(from French) a person or thing that particularly annoys you and that you do not like: Edward was furious when he discovered that he would be working with his old bête noire, Richard Watkins.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘black beast’.
See also: bête, noire
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Of course, light, the great destroyer of fine bindings, is the bete noire of militant modern conservators and hence taboo in most libraries.
Whether it be trying to depict him as a tyrant threatening local democracy, or as someone who is blissfully ignorant about issues relating to mental health, no effort has been spared in making this man the bete noire of West Midlands' politics.
He studied at Rutgers under two professors who imbued him with a passion for economics: Arthur Burns, who later became chairman of Friedman's bete noire, the Federal Reserve, and Homer Jones, who was pursuing a doctorate at the University of Chicago while teaching at Rutgers.
It was a pleasure to see that my bete noire the absurd 'pathophysiology' has been omitted.
Are readers to infer from your correspondent's pondering as to "who is to become the next bEte noire of the hacks of the mass media?
s bete noire for Christian theology is the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo.
CORRUPTION IS THE NEW BETE noire of the globatized world, yet there's a surprising degree of uncertainty among specialists about its costs and cures.
Senator Joseph McCarthy has for almost five decades been regarded generally as a bete noire and as the prime example of a supposed anticommunism that has led to injustice.
After the thud-rockers of the '70s came whole herds of hair bands, spandex-stretchers, speed-metal demons, power punkers and--a bete noire even in this crypt-kicking crowd--Norwegian black metal.
Williams organization, long a bete noire of the life industry.
00pm THIS is a serious in-depth look into the hot topic of binge drinking and booze culture which has become the bEte noire of politicians in recent years, who are attempting to make the streets safer and the bars more regulated.
Giovanni Giolitti, the great liberal prime minister and bete noire of most of these revolutionaries, is mentioned only in passing.
So to combat this bete noire of the road, Bosch devised the anti-lock braking system (ABS), the shorthand which sprang from the German word antiblockiersystem, in 1976.
Free from the artifice that colors even the most sincere art, Knowles represents the uramateur, whose intuitive approach and apparent lack of ambition are both touchstone for and bete noire of the professional.