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bogey

noun [C]    /ˈbʊɡ·i, ˈboʊ·ɡi, ˈbu·ɡi/ (also boogeyman,  /ˈbʊɡ·iˌmæn, ˈbu·ɡi-/)
something feared , esp . when the fear is not based on reason : Too many economists are scared by the bogey of inflation , he says.
(Definition of bogey noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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