pet peeve
noun Date: circa 1919 a frequent subject of complaint

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pet peeve — the thing that provokes one most, 1919, from PET (Cf. pet) (1) in the adj. sense “especially cherished” (1826), here in jocular or ironic use with PEEVE (Cf. peeve) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pet peeve — A pet peeve is something that irritates an individual greatly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pet peeve — pet′ peeve′ n. cvb a continual source of personal annoyance …   From formal English to slang

  • Pet peeve — A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that can instill great frustration in an individual.OriginThe term originated from the word peeve . Its first usage was in 1919. [ [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=pet+peeve… …   Wikipedia

  • Pet Peeve — Ein Pet Peeve vieler Frauen ist die Gewohnheit ihres Partners, nach dem Pinkeln den Toilettensitz nicht wieder herunterzuklappen. Unter einem Pet Peeve (engl. [ pɛt piːv]; deutsch etwa: „Lieblings Ärgernis“) versteht man im populären… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pet peeve — noun an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed grammatical mistakes are his pet peeve • Hypernyms: ↑complaint * * * a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear: This train service is one of my pet peeves. [1915 20,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pet peeve — n. a major or principal annoyance or complaint. □ Dirty dishes in restaurants are my pet peeve. D He has no pet peeve. He hates everything …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pet peeve — noun Something that is personally annoying; a personal dislike. Ending questions with a period is one of my pet peeves. Syn: pet hate …   Wiktionary

  • pet peeve — Synonyms and related words: abhorrence, abomination, anathema, antipathy, aversion, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching, bone to pick, complaining, complaint, crow to pick, crow to pluck, destructive criticism, detestation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pet peeve — a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear: This train service is one of my pet peeves. [1915 20, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • pet peeve — American a pet hate …   English dictionary

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