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English definition of “bogeyman”


noun [C]     /ˈbəʊ.ɡi.mæn/ US  /ˈboʊ-/ (plural -men   /-mən/   ) (also bogyman, US also boogeyman)
an imaginary evil person who harms children : Be good, or the bogeyman will come and get you!Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
(Definition of bogeyman noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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