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pet hate

Fig. something that is disliked intensely and is a constant or repeated annoyance. My pet hate is being put on hold on the telephone. Another pet hate of mine is having to stand in line.
See also: hate, pet

pet peeve

Fig. a frequent annoyance; one's "favorite" or most often encountered annoyance. My pet peeve is someone who always comes into the theater after the show has started. Drivers who don't signal are John's pet peeve.
See also: peeve, pet

somebody's pet hate

  (British & Australian) also somebody's pet peeve (American)
something that you do not like at all A pet hate of ours is telephone salesmen who phone just as we're sitting down to watch TV. Cleaning the bathroom is my pet peeve.
See also: hate, pet

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]
See also: peeve, pet

pet peeve

n. a major or principal annoyance or complaint. Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve.
See also: peeve, pet
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The idea behind the pet peeve battle was to draw people to view and "like" TransLink's Facebook page with a fun and interactive concept, one that hits on a sensitive topic of great interest to customers.
When I sit at the workstation to start reading, I encounter my next classic peeves.
Not surprising, employees under age 35 were more likely than those who are older to say that their biggest time management pet peeve is when meetings cut into personal time (16 percent vs.
When it comes to responding to the biggest annoyances in the workplace, the survey reveals that employees' verbal reactions vary based on the pet peeve.
So before you have a freak-out over her nail biting, be sure your peeve doesn't have deeper roots.
We took the occasion of National Pet Peeve Week to let singles unload about what bothers them most when it comes to dating," said Alex Mehr, co-founder and co-CEO of Zoosk.
For an interview on the PET PEEVES SURVEY, call Nancy Friedman, at 314-291-1012.
Thirty-two percent of employees listed "loud talkers" as one of their biggest pet peeves in the office, even more than cell phones ringing (30 percent), use of speakerphones in public areas (22 percent) and using personal digital assistants (PDAs) during meetings (9 percent).
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Hostway presents a live Web seminar to discuss the results of their Internet pet peeve survey and educate businesses on designing the perfect Web site
Whether you use an accountant or file your own taxes, a new survey revealed that taxpayers' biggest pet peeve during the tax season is compiling and organizing voluminous tax records.
The survey asked consumers to rank their most annoying Web site pet peeve and 35 percent of consumers responded that pop-up ads are their number one pet peeve.
While both genders believe replacing the toilet paper is their biggest pet peeve, women's second biggest peeve is a tie between leaving the toilet seat up and leaving globs of toothpaste in the sink (both at 28 percent).
It is the pet peeve of a lot of people,'' Kern County Supervisor Don Maben said last week about desert dumping.