bogeyman

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Synonyms for bogeyman

Synonyms for bogeyman

an imaginary monster used to frighten children

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The old bogyman of Stalinism, which has by now surely fulfilled its function as an 'awful warning', must be finally discredited, and a new socialism developed, with all the necessary safeguards.
Moreover, the bogyman of terrorism is distracting Americans from the many failures of the Bush administration that imperil our health, welfare, and freedom.
Just as Malay communal militancy has been diverted by conjuring up a neo-colonialist British bogyman as a would-be 'threat to our survival' for all Malaysians, so also does the international scene provide rich opportunities for directing Muslim militancy outwards, away from potential domestic targets such as Christian Indians, Chinese, and natives of Borneo, but also from the more secular-minded and Westernised Malays of which Dr Mahathir himself is an example.
Postal executives continue to claim they fear a financial bogyman around every corner and apparently four years of serious profits cannot convince them otherwise.
And Anderson adds: "When people actually sang the hymns, the bogyman of inclusive language disappeared.
An August 19 editorial in the Arizona Republic, for example, fumed over the money that government and businesses have wasted cleaning up "the bogyman [sic] chemical," and reported that "top federal scientists now have come to the belated conclusion that [dioxin] .
But if the Reagan administration fell on its face, don't blame some liberal bogyman.
And now the great bogyman himself, Saddam, is dead.
Kids may not respond to ``because I said so'' but will believe ``because the bogyman will get you.
If you don't behave, the bogyman will come and get you tonight.