pet peeve


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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.
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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]
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pet peeve

n. a major or principal annoyance or complaint. Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve.
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Avoiding these pet peeves will help you begin your career with a company on a positive note.
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.
AJR asked journalists about the serious or silly pet peeves that they have developed, encountered and enforced:
My pet peeve is serving wine or other drinks in plastic glasses.
My biggest pet peeve is procrastination and delays in government decision making, specifically at the provincial and federal level.
Exasperated and somewhat emotional, I raised the case of Rickey Ray Rector (admittedly a pet peeve of mine--see the April 1993 issue), the brain-damaged black convict whose execution Clinton went home to oversee during the campaign to prove that he's not soft on crime.
These events prompted Randstad to add two additional choices for respondents to consider when identifying their top workplace pet peeve.
I have such a pet peeve, I hate getting my face wet and fully submersing myself under the water, let alone opening my eyes and acting underwater.
The number of calls relating to rowdy or nuisance behaviour - residents' biggest pet peeve - also fell to an all-time low of 359.
Warnings against sickled passes, a pet peeve of Gedeon's, are dispersed with other verbal reminders, "ankles up, arches up" and placement checks, "long back, stomach in, straight supporting leg," that precede each exercise.
A related pet peeve of mine is the priest who shakes dozens of hands at the sign of peace and then distributes Communion.
My pet peeve is minorities that ask me how much I spent with minority firms last year.
respondents said their number one office environmental pet peeve was mindless printing resulting in abandoned pages at the printer, followed closely by leaving the lights on in unused offices (37 percent).
As for his biggest pet peeve about his wife, the president said he had none.