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English definition of “bogeyman”


noun [C] uk   /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 from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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