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bogey

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