pet peeve


pet peeve
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).

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  • 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