bête noire (bĕt nwärʹ) n.
One that is particularly disliked or that is to be avoided: “Tax shelters had long been the bête noire of reformers” (Irwin Ross).
  [French : bête, beast + noire, black.]

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  • bêtenoire — bête noire [[t]ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑr[/t]] n. pl. bêtes noires [[t]ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑrz[/t]] fot a person or thing esp. disliked or dreaded • Etymology: 1835–45; < F: lit., black beast …   From formal English to slang

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