pet peeve


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pet peeve

A typically minor issue that causes one frequent and recurring annoyance. It's always been my pet peeve when cars turn without using their signals. It drives me crazy! A: "Ugh, I hate it when people talk during a movie." B: "Oh, I know, that's my pet peeve, too!"
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pet peeve

Fig. a frequent annoyance; one's "favorite" or most often encountered annoyance. My pet peeve is someone who always comes into the theater after the show has started. Drivers who don't signal are John's pet peeve.
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pet peeve

A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor's cat running through my herb garden. [Early 1900s]
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pet peeve

n. a major or principal annoyance or complaint. Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve.
See also: peeve, pet

pet peeve, one's

One’s favorite gripe, a recurring source of annoyance. The noun peeve is what linguists call a back formation from the adjective peevish, but its ultimate derivation, as well as that of pet, is apparently unknown. The pairing of the two, an Americanism, dates from the early 1900s.
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The conductor points to one person to start ranting about their Pet Peeve. She'll rant for about 15 seconds.
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The lack of legitimate mathematics was a pet peeve of mine when I became active in the Appraisal Institute in the 1970s and 1980s.