hobgoblin

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hobgoblin (plural hobgoblins)

  1. A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans
  2. (by extension) A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear.
    • 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”, in Essays: First Series:
      A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

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