hobgoblin


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(folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings

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an object of dread or apprehension

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It was, as Bella gaily said, like the supper provided for the three nursery hobgoblins at their house in the forest, without their thunderous low growlings of the alarming discovery, 'Somebody's been drinking MY milk
This conversation they are apt to run into with the same temper that boys discover in delighting to hear terrible stories of spirits and hobgoblins, which they greedily listen to, and dare not go to bed for fear.
You have grown up from infancy in the fear of this monster, and therefore still regard him with the awe that children feel for the bugbears and hobgoblins which their nurses have talked to them about.
He passed the greater part of his time on and in the water, particularly about Hell Gate, and might have been taken, in bad weather, for one of the hobgoblins that used to haunt that strait.
They fancied a legion of hobgoblins let loose upon them, and that they saw, by the fitful gleams of the scattered embers, strange figures, in red caps, gibbering and ramping around them.
But this encompassment of her own characterization, based on shreds of convention, peopled by phantoms and voices antipathetic to her, was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy--a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.
I thought of hobgoblins and banshees, and will-o'-the-wisps, and those wicked girls who sit up all night on rocks, and lure people into whirl- pools and things; and I wished I had been a better man, and knew more hymns; and in the middle of these reflections I heard the blessed strains of "He's got `em on," played, badly, on a concertina, and knew that we were saved.
The timing between orchestra and soloist was spot on, with Alexeev, technically brilliant, looking at times like a hobgoblin as he crouched over his keys bringing out his touches of magic.
If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, does that make such programming inconsistency a good thing?
Hobgoblin is the 5th biggest selling bottled ale in England.
He tells a barman at the Hobgoblin in New Cross, South London: "I'm not trying to have any more problems, you know what I'm saying.
The pub has up to 50 ales available - from Adnams Broadside to Wychwood Hobgoblin.
Best Film nominee PMT and Best Performance finalist Hobgoblin Music will be representing Birmingham against nine other UK regions.