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nounplural bête noires
1bestia negra feminine formalbête noire feminine formalliars are her particular bête noire — si hay algo que detesta es la gente mentirosa
- Fifth, we know that when push comes to shove, all the grand talk about international norms is often just a cover for opposing the global elite's bêtes noires of the moment.
- Social obligations are my bêtes noires, necessary evils that I too eagerly create, often enjoy, but nearly always dread.
- As we'll see, this is the case with Fox, the bête noire of many media concentration activists.
- Mathematics was my bête noire throughout most of my schooldays.
- But he evades the fact that most of these Northern codes were repealed by the end of the Civil War - and that the ones still on the books were nullified by the 14th Amendment, his bête noire.
- The proposed superhospitals have long been the bête noire for the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice, a non-profit group of doctors advocating for a better public health-care system.
- Finally, of course, there's my old bête noire - the mysterious woman behind BT's 1571 answering service. Good heavens, but she's got mean recently, hasn't she?
- It's Canada's densest area at 10 times the city average (about 35,000 per square kilometre) and a bête noire for density critics.
- ‘I don't want to be their bête noire,’ he insists.
- By what right does an affluent nation of meat-eaters and leather consumers feel free to pick on dirt-poor, conflict-riven and predominately vegetarian Nepal as a bête noire?
- But at home, opinion has become more polarised; for many he is a hero, for some he has become a bête noire, a target of hate.
- The bête noire of the anti - 4x4 lobby, Hummers have so far left the United States in only small numbers.
- The New York Times has suddenly become the bête noire of conservative columnists on both sides of the Atlantic.
- Overnight, he became a bête noire, a disreputable demagogue giving the country a bad name abroad.
- The group which he brought together in January 1979 at a Theory Conference provided most of the prominent writers of the democratic movement thereafter, and most of the bêtes noires of the conservative veterans.
- To this point, we have been having a little innocent fun at the expense of any Anglophone's favourite bêtes noires, the French.
- Cars were also his bêtes noires: although he owned a car at one time, he never fully mastered the art of driving.
- Many of our current bêtes noires are the features we overlook or even admire in other languages.
- His cultivated image as an uncouth spokesman for India's rural lower castes has long made him a convenient bête noire for the BJP's core middle-class, upper-caste constituency.
- Even as media are available on a scale once unheard of, the industry is also increasingly vulnerable to piracy, the bête noire of today's media honchos.