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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The darkness deepens for Silverspoon Cameron, not just by missing the boat on utility controls, but by his own chancellor''s willingness to fight a PS1m battle to protect massive bonuses for the other bane of our lives - bankers.
The 12 shirt has been the bane of our lives," Mitchell admitted.
Can't he understand that these are not wanted, and that the cost of his hare-brained ideas have to be met by the rate payers, who quite candidly are fed up with him, his inability to deal with real issues which are the bane of our lives - violence, drug abuse, theft and burglary.
Mobile phones are the bane of our lives - ringing at funerals, interrupting conversations and generally being a nuisance.
Since I now qualify to be counted in surveys of the over-50s, I was intrigued to discover I am included in a generation which finds modern packaging to be the bane of our lives.
HenryWeston Off-road vehicles in general are the bane of our lives.
Burrow, like two team-mates, now has four runners-up medals and admitted: "That seems to be the bane of our lives.
RAIN is the bane of our lives for most people living in Britain.
Call centres are already the bane of our lives, with their unwanted, unsolicited, and unnecessary calls.