the bane of (one's) life

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the bane of (one's) life

The source or cause of one's misfortune, unhappiness, frustration, or anxiety, usually used hyperbolically. I swear, this project is the bane of my life. 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 life!
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Later, the bane of her life reappears and violently attacks Jo, accusing her of calling the police.
Karen said that without private insurance, waiting lists can be the bane of her life.
For one poor woman, dieting had become the bane of her life, and though she thought she was doing a fine job cutting out chocolate and crisps, she got a big surprise when cameras filmed her sleepwalking into the kitchen and scoffing food before clambering back into bed.
Jo Corcoran, 25, a stunning strawberry blonde, says her hair is the bane of her life: `I was called Ginger as a child so I decided to lighten it but now I can't get rid of the frizzies.' Jo's also terrified of make-up: `I'm pale and suffer from purple shadows under my eyes.' Hairdresser Leon Fretz from London's Cobella Akqa felt Jo's style wasn't doing her justice: `Her hair is fine and needs shaping to avoid it puffing out.' After layering the hair around the face, Leon accentuated its natural curl, first spritzing the hair with a leave-in conditioner, before blow- drying with a round brush to create soft waves.
Lisa Childs, head of lighting for Borders Council, said they were the "bane of her life" because most lampposts were not designed to hold the pots.