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somebody's bête noire

someone or something that you really hate or that really annoys you People who use jargon are his particular bête noire.

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.
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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.
While the gnatcatcher has been the bete noire of California developers, Trump National succeeded at blending land development with environmental protection.
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.
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.
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So, instead of Iraq and SARS and terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people get exercised over the "pain of having to sit through Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny, the bete noire of the festival, or loudly lament the anti-Americanism of Lars von Trier's Dogville, which prompted Variety's usually imperturbable Todd McCarthy to write a review bordering on Yankee jingoism-ah, the Bush effect felt even in Cannes.
Marco Pantani - his bete noire in 2000 - and the impressive Vuelta a Espana winner Angel Casero are also absent.
But the bete noire of the lot is nicotine, a compound that is simultaneously pleasure-inducing, addictive, and--at high doses--poisonous.
Time is the speaker's bete noire, exercising a repulsive fascination like a knell at low moments, when it appears not to move at all.
Asked for his take on the Microsoft Corp's rumored purchase of $5bn stake in AT&T Corp, Sun Microsystems Inc CEO and Redmond bete noire, Scott McNealy says it's an example of Microsoft buying its way into the service provider business, by "forcing" companies into using its technology and content "even though it doesn't work.
Bill Gates' real bete noire may turn out to be not a resurgent Apple or posse of government lawyers, but an obscure Finnish computer programmer named Linus Torvalds.
Even as they denounced the academy as a lie, because it was controlled by a corrupt conservative elite, and as they damned commercial considerations, because these debased art - the society artist Bouguereau was their bete noire - the moderns, the refuses, were willing, in the context of a burgeoning art market, to do deals.
Another was "corruption," the multiplication and the outright sale of "honours" to unsuitable upstarts, a process associated most closely with that bete noire of landlords, Prime Minister David Lloyd George.