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noun [singular] British English pronunciation: bane /beɪn/
  1. something that annoys someone very much or causes them a lot of problems
    the bane of:

    Noisy and disobedient children are the bane of many mothers.

    the bane of someone's life/existence:

    Paperwork is the bane of my life.

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