- A Somerset and Devon name for an imaginary *bogey, used for threatening children into good behaviour: 'Now, Polly, yu've abin a bad, naughty maid, and ef yu be sich a wicked cheel again, I'll zend vor tanker-abogus tu come and car' yu away tu 'is pittee-awl [pit-hole]' (Wright, 1913: 198).
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
tankerabogus — tan·ker·a·bo·gus … English syllables
tankerabogus — noun ( es) Etymology: probably from tanker (alteration of tantara) + bogus, alteration of bogey dialect England : boogeyman … Useful english dictionary
bogeyman — Any real or imaginary figure used by adults as a threat to coerce children into good behaviour is a bogeyman often the final function of a belief that adults no longer share. This form of discipline was common until recently, and the figures… … A Dictionary of English folklore