from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To better; to mend. See beete.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- etc. Obsolete form of beat, beet, beet, etc.
- n. In the game of solo, a forfeit.
- n. A bugbear; a person or thing regarded with special dislike or aversion.
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Indeed, in the late Bush era, Hill became a kind of bete noire for Cheney.
Squaring up yet again, Ian Shuttleworth of the Financial Times and his bete noir, Tim Walker of the Sunday Telegraph.
Wooller was our bete noire; the first time I ever heard boos on a sports field was one afternoon at Cheltenham when he came out to bat.
At the same time, inflation is the historical bete noir of the Brazilian economy.
A miasma of lunchtime kick-offs, the bete noir of all serious football fans, will now determine who is promoted to the Premier League and who will make the play-offs.
Hoover's bete noire -- and the one man he could not break -- was Martin Luther
Right-to-work laws make union membership and dues voluntary for all workers, and they are thus the bete noire of labor unions, which see them as a threat to their political clout.
Mitt Romney before being adopted by Democrats and becoming a bete noire of conservatives.
Even Boutin, long a bete-noire for gay-rights groups, has "eased up" on her positions on issues of homosexuality over the years, Corbin said.
He was also sent to snoop on the Labour MP and Murdochian bete noir Tom Watson.