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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Appearing from the Labour backbenches, ruining the tone and being the absolute bane of life for those of us sat in the public gallery covering the thing.
POLICE targets - the bane of life for bobbies on the beat wanting to do the best for victims of crime - were finally consigned to the bin this year in return for common sense policing.
Perpetual noise - a bane of life in the modern world and one of the main factors in the increased stress suffered by many hapless Britons
There is also the argument that the measure has not played any part in reducing the "load-shedding" or power cuts that are the bane of life for many in Lahore and elsewhere across the country.
The ring tones that are the bane of life for thousands of people rang out loud and clear, both in the audience and onstage, during the concert devised by Midland composer Simon Turner.
Computers, once envisaged as wonderful time and task saving devices, are often seen as being a bane of life.
We equate our need for it with a tempering of our appetites to avoid that hint of fat which, as every woman knows, is the bane of life.