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 Peace campers are the bane of their lives. However, I went with a truly open mind and learned there are always many sides to every story.
Ahlullah Ubaidi, confirming the problem, identified a growing shortage of water and falling electricity generation levels as the bane of their lives.
For a lot of people yobbery is the bane of their lives and it's assumed a great importance.'
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But for some people catarrh is the bane of their lives. In winter they produce too much of the stuff , causing a continual bunged-up feeling.