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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the bane of somebody’s ˈlife/eˈxistence

a person or thing that makes somebody’s life unpleasant or unhappy: That car is always breaking down! It’s the bane of my life. OPPOSITE: a ray of sunshine
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And let's face facts: Unrealistic expectations from higher-ups are the bane of existence for major gift officers, successful or otherwise.
it's no secret that some of the reports had some problems at that time, which is always the bane of existence for all journalists," says Lewis, who is currently teaching journalism as a Distinguished Journalist in Residence at American University's School of Communication in Washington, D.
Why has noise pollution--the bane of existence for so many people--been given such short shrift by the federal government?
Job fairs--the necessary bane of existence for any camp administrator looking for summer staff.
Tedious paperwork is the bane of existence for most small businesspeople.
To be sure, acne remains the bane of existence for countless teenagers, and that demographic group continues to account for a preponderance of sales in the category.
For 45 million Americans, a headache can be the bane of existence.
Domestic cost-containment pressures are the bane of existence for most healthcare managers.