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
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The tipping system is nothing less than a minor bane of my existence.
It looks stressful in the Stockroom ERl LOL that last 15 secs is actually the bane of my existence.
He became my greatest activity and the bane of my existence.
He became my greatest acting achievement and the bane of my existence.
Yet, at the same time, technology can be the bane of my existence.
The business chores I must perform every couple of months have become the bane of my existence, and I can't wait until the bottom line of my business allows me the luxury of delegating them to someone else.
This lifestyle has been the bane of my existence for the last 15 years.
Then there's an online-only segment where Cantor says of Jews voting Democratic, "This has been the bane of my existence for a long time.
She said of hairstylist Chris McMillan: "I love Chris but he's the bane of my existence because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look.
I love Chris, and he's the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look," the actress said referring to her hairdresser, Chris McMillan.
Ketchup and pizza are the bane of my existence," Dr.
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These federal privacy protections for patients have sometimes been the bane of my existence as a journalist; for example, after Hurricane Katrina, our TV crew was denied access to evacuees from New Orleans in a makeshift hospital in Baton Rouge on the ground that we'd be violating the patients' privacy.
Expecting her to describe her fears, the pain she experienced, or the multitude of procedures during her stay, Cari said, "My IV pole became the bane of my existence.