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1usually in singular A cause of great distress or annoyance.‘the telephone was the bane of my life’
scourge, ruin, death, plague, ruination, destructionView synonyms
- ‘Those bad tempered personnel manning counters in the revenue offices will no longer be the bane of citizens' existence.’
- ‘Despite the financial security an older man can offer younger women, their eccentricities can be the bane of her life.’
- ‘In fact the bane of my life was a cousin and his birthday parties.’
- ‘Cell phones make it much easier to suffer through the brutal traffic jams that are the bane of city life around the world.’
- ‘The 73, the busiest bus-route in London, was the bane of my life when I lived in Stoke Newington.’
- ‘This was because opposable thumbs or not, buttons would forever be the bane of his life.’
- ‘When juvenile nuisance and disorder are the bane of so many neighbourhoods already, some people are not only fuelling this curse, but actually making a profit from it.’
- ‘His dyslexia - the bane of his life - meant that he found writing difficult, and he preferred giving papers at meetings.’
- ‘Critics are seen as the bane of writers' lives, torturing their intuitively wrought texts by dissection with a sharp set of surgical knives.’
- ‘On the other hand there are the low waist pants - the bane of my life.’
- ‘Even though he considered his older double the bane of his life, he seemed unable to ignore him.’
- ‘It was the bane of her life, or at least it was presently.’
- ‘You have been the bane of my life ever since you were born with your whining and your constant need of me!’
- ‘That evil is malevolent violence, a curse that is the bane of our human existence.’
- ‘All I am to him is the bane of his existence, the blight of his life, the central focus of why he hates his job and wants to kill himself.’
- ‘The problem of color description has been a bane to mineralogists.’
- ‘This issue has absolutely been the bane of my life in this country for 32 years.’
- ‘I have to say that, as a mother, fancy dress is the bane of my life. This week my daughters require no fewer than four outfits, one each for a school event and two more for a party.’
- ‘It's the bane of my life, and probably yours too.’
- ‘They had to be counted, bagged and labelled and they were the bane of my life.’
2archaic usually in singular Something, especially poison, which causes death.poison, toxinView synonyms
Old English bana ‘thing causing death, poison’, of Germanic origin.
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