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Gadfly   /gˈædflˌaɪ/   Listen

(pl. gadflies)
A persistently annoying person.  Synonyms: blighter, cuss, pest, pesterer.
Any of various large flies that annoy livestock.

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"Gadfly" Quotes from Famous Books

... stands for Gnu. Of course that's right, but then, It seems as if it should begin with N. I could select some other beast as well— Say, Goose or Grampus, Gadfly or Gazelle; But seems to me the Gnu is more attractive, He is so ...
— Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17) - Fun and Thought for Little Folk • Various

... Oestrus buries, l. 29. The gadfly, bot-fly, or sheep-fly: the larva lives in the bodies of cattle throughout the whole winter; it is extracted from their backs by an African bird called Buphaga. Adhering to the anus it artfully introduces itself into the ...
— The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society - A Poem, with Philosophical Notes • Erasmus Darwin

... lion by a gadfly the old scientist rushed to Paris and left his card on Bouvard, who lived in the Rue Ferou near Saint-Sulpice. Bouvard sent a card to his hotel on which was written "To-morrow; nine o'clock, ...
— Ursula • Honore de Balzac

... had been influenced by one milieu after another; she had worked hard, now at music, now at philosophy; had dabbled in girls' clubs, and gone to Socialist meetings, and had been all through driven on by the gadfly ...
— Marriage a la mode • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... hungry, to see Mousqueton without gold lace, imprisoned, perhaps; to see Pierrefonds, Bracieux, razed to the very stones, dishonored even to the timber,—these were so many poignant griefs for D'Artagnan, and every time that one of these griefs struck him, he bounded like a horse at the sting of a gadfly beneath the vaults of foliage where he has sought shady shelter from the burning sun. Never was the man of spirit subjected to ennui, if his body was exposed to fatigue; never did the man of healthy body fail to find life light, if he had something to engage his mind. D'Artagnan, ...
— The Man in the Iron Mask • Alexandre Dumas, Pere

... him that Salter was ashamed to let you see him. Having really excited him, instead of soothing him, Sawbones Salter had to pretend that you would excite him. As if creation contained any mineral, drug simple, leech, Spanish fly, gadfly, or showerbath, so soothing as a loving wife is to a man in affliction. New reading of an ...
— A Terrible Temptation - A Story of To-Day • Charles Reade

... taken separately they were two, and taken together they were one, and one and two made up three. 'He was like a man running a race with his own shadow, and making a noise in order to drown the echo. He was a clever gadfly, that was all. What was the ...
— Reviews • Oscar Wilde

... you fasten yourself on to me like a gadfly? Have I not trouble enough already? [Beating his hands together.] How could you let him escape? You are ...
— Armenian Literature • Anonymous

... up, and feel a big wind blowing Me like a gadfly into the dusk, without my know- ing Whither or why or even ...
— Look! We Have Come Through! • D. H. Lawrence

Words linked to "Gadfly" :   nudnik, nudnick, clegg, tormenter, fly, horsefly, tormentor, cleg, persecutor, botfly, horse fly, warble fly

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