Say you hate eggplant, but you're forced to eat it.

Eggplant is your _____ (enemy?)

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    Enemy is not quite what you intend to say. – Kris Aug 19 '13 at 7:53
  • ...ultimate turnoff (still considered slang, and would sound unnatural in 'Eggplant is my ___' without the adjective) – – Edwin Ashworth Aug 19 '13 at 8:52
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    Have you checked a thesaurus? Or even just a dictionary? – RegDwigнt Aug 19 '13 at 10:47
  • No one's mentioned adversary. – Timtech Aug 19 '13 at 13:20

Kryptonite. If you don't mind the pop culture reference.


If you wish to imply an it holds a special position as a source of antagonism, you could use nemesis. From the OED:

a persistent tormentor; a long-standing rival, an arch-enemy.

If you want something less dramatic, how about pet hate?


For emphasis you could use:

bane - "Eggplant is the bane of my existence"

Nemesis - "Eggplant is my Nemesis"


You could call it your bete noire:-

a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane; bugbear.

although I think that would be a bit hyperbolic in the context you have given.


You probably mean bitter pill to swallow

But to avoid mixing metaphors I would suggest necessary evil

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    I don't think either of those are suitable, really. "Bitter pill to swallow" is a metaphor with a specific meaning (unpleasant news, unavoidable but deeply unpleasant fact). Ising that metaphor in an almost literal sense is neither good nor creative use of language and could even cause confusion. "Necessary evil" is just wrong, since we know somebody is being forced to eat it but we have no reason to think that this is actually necessary or justified. – itsbruce Aug 19 '13 at 10:43
  • Not sure where you get your definitions from but you are entirely mistaken on both counts: Bitter pill to swallow (Cambridge dictionary) - something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted; is fully applicable in the context OP means. – user49727 Aug 19 '13 at 11:55
  • Metaphors are meant to be creatively used, meaning in situations that are not necessarily literally applied. – user49727 Aug 19 '13 at 11:57
  • But you're using it literally and not at all creatively. – itsbruce Aug 19 '13 at 12:42
  • OP was only giving an example to establish context. Moreover pill does not equate with eggplant and the metaphor cannot be considered literal in any literal sense. – user49727 Aug 19 '13 at 12:53

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