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!
See also: bane, existence, of

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
See also: bane, existence, life, of
References in classic literature ?
Whatever might have been the plans of the Assistant Commissioner they had nothing to do with that desk work, which was the bane of his existence because of its confined nature and apparent lack of reality.
Ryan Faura, 29, stood up to the 'bane of his existence' in his essay that tackled baldness at an early age.
Henson), the former bane of his existence; even a probing police inspector (J.K.
A tormented teenager is determined to take revenge on the bully who's been the bane of his existence for years.
Marcus does - the bane of his existence - Honoria Baker-Sneed possesses the ring.
As for most trainers, late payers are the bane of his existence, messing up calculations in which finances are pared to the bone as it is.
I said to him loads of times, "Why don't you just come out, because everyone knows you're queer." I've been the bane of his existence, let me tell you.
The bane of his existence is "those telethon crips." During his time in the rehab hospital after his accident, the worst insult a fellow para or quad could hurl was to call you one of Jerry's kids.