bogeyman

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bogey +‎ -man

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bogeyman (plural bogeymen)

  1. A menacing, ghost-like monster in children's stories.
  2. (by extension) Any make-believe threat, especially one used to intimidate or distract.
    The alleged link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda turned out to be a bogeyman.

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