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Noun
A small insect
“Since their introduction, the beneficial wasps have helped control plant bug populations throughout the Northeast.”
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A microorganism
“Studies show that the type of bugs in your gut seems to influence how much of the protein is in your blood.”
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An illness caused by a microorganism
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“Friends and extended family, though they may provide much support, can easily spread a bug or other infections.”
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An obsessive interest in something
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“Jenna caught the Beanie Babies bug young and now has about sixty of the soft toys in her collection.”
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An error or defect, especially in a computer program or system
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“On this particular day, a software bug caused the system to slow down.”
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A concealed miniature microphone, used for secret eavesdropping or recording
“Detective Scott told the court that no conversations were recorded by the bug before its discovery.”
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Someone with a strong affinity for something
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“A photography bug for the last five years, he considers photography an art form, a way of self-expression.”
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A common viral illness
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A person with a disordered mental state, or seemingly so
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Instrument that transforms sound waves into electric currents
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Butterfly ball
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Something that causes irritation or frustration
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The larva of an insect, especially a beetle
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That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably
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A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person's character, a plan, or a system
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One who murmurs
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Computer bug
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(folklore, fantasy fiction) A mischievous, ugly creature resembling a dwarf
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The act of listening in on the private conversations of other
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A small mark or flaw which spoils the appearance of something
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The power to fascinate someone
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An unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback
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A road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine
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A complete telephone handset
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To annoy or bother (someone)
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“If I tried to explain to Sandy that a lot of the things Carine does really bug me, she would just say something about giving people a chance.”
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To weigh heavily on one's mind, typically causing worry or anxiety
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“The impending deadline would increasingly begin to bug me as I rushed to complete the project.”
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To cause to feel emotionally depressed or despondent
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“Failing the important exam would really bug me for the longest time.”
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To inconvenience or pester with requests
“I hate to bug you, but do you think that you can help me with my schedule?”
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To listen to without permission, typically with a monitoring device
“The police had worked on the assumption that if anyone was trying to bug their conversations, they would be scanning the frequencies normally used by the police.”
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Mike up
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To delve or make inquiries into
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To interfere in someone else's business
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To ask for something, especially earnestly or forcefully
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