gadfly


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gad·fly

 (găd′flī′)
n.
1. A persistent irritating critic; a nuisance.
2. One that acts as a provocative stimulus; a goad.
3. Any of various flies, especially a warble fly, botfly, or horsefly, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals.

[gad + fly.]

gadfly

(ˈɡædˌflaɪ)
n, pl -flies
1. (Animals) any of various large dipterous flies, esp the horsefly, that annoy livestock by sucking their blood
2. a constantly irritating or harassing person
[C16: from gad2 (sting) + fly2]

gad•fly

(ˈgædˌflaɪ)

n., pl. -flies.
1. any of various flies, as a horsefly or warble fly, that bite or annoy livestock.
2. a person who persistently annoys or stirs up others, esp. with provocative criticism.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gadfly - a persistently annoying persongadfly - a persistently annoying person  
nudnick, nudnik - (Yiddish) someone who is a boring pest
persecutor, tormenter, tormentor - someone who torments
2.gadfly - any of various large flies that annoy livestock
fly - two-winged insects characterized by active flight
botfly - stout-bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals
warble fly - hairy bee-like fly whose larvae produce lumpy abscesses (warbles) under the skin of cattle
cleg, clegg, horse fly, horsefly - large swift fly the female of which sucks blood of various animals
Translations

gadfly

[ˈgædflaɪ] Ntábano m

gadfly

[ˈgædflaɪ] n (= person) → enquiquineur/euse m/f

gadfly

n(Vieh)bremse f

gadfly

[ˈgædˌflaɪ] ntafano

gad·fly

n. tábano, moscardón; moscón.
References in classic literature ?
Passion for power: the wicked gadfly which is mounted on the vainest peoples; the scorner of all uncertain virtue; which rideth on every horse and on every pride.
He merely turned his head backward, to the right, then to the left, balancing it as a bull does who has been stung in the flanks by a gadfly.
To see Porthos 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.
He is desirous that they should let him live--not for his own sake, but for theirs; because he is their heaven-sent friend (and they will never have such another), or, as he may be ludicrously described, he is the gadfly who stirs the generous steed into motion.
They fled to the other end of the court like a herd of cattle maddened by the gadfly in early summer when the days are at their longest.
And also the soul which is under a tyrant (I am speaking of the soul taken as a whole) is least capable of doing what she desires; there is a gadfly which goads her, and she is full of trouble and remorse?
His presence helped stabilise an economy in freefall but Mugabe reneged on pledges to overhaul the former British colony's partisan security forces and Tsvangirai was shunted back into his familiar role as opposition gadfly.
The gadfly gets the animal to move," Minow says, referring to the flies that bite livestock and is a name sometimes applied to provocative people, including Socrates.
This work for students and others categorizes philosophers into six major types according to the roles they have enacted in societies over the past 2,500 years: the Natural Philosopher, the Sage, the Gadfly, the Ascetic, the Mandarin, and the Courtier.
From a Gadfly to a Hornet: Academic Freedom, Humane Education, and the Intellectual Life of Joseph Kinmont Hart.
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