Bogeyman definition

byo͝ogēman; also bōgēman
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A menacing, ghost-like monster in children's stories.
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(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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Noun

Singular:
bogeyman
Plural:
bogeymen

Origin of bogeyman

  • bogey +‎ -man

    From Wiktionary