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?
Local legend says Peggy Gadfly's is named after a one-legged high diver who would entertain crowds coming off the New Brighton ferry in the early 20th Century.
Described as "Womanist, public intellectual, scholar, political gadfly, transgressive teacher, activist, and a black woman of wisdom and fortitude" by editors Davidson (African and African American studies, U.
Michael Moore's "Sicko," the gadfly helmer's healthcare expose, is alive, well, and almost ready for release.
JUDICIAL WATCH, A gadfly legal organization founded by the colorful Larry Klayman, became famous for hounding former President Bill Clinton with lawsuit after lawsuit.
But it's quite possible that Theo Kamasinski, the legal reform advocate and non-lawyer -- who's frequently described as a "gadfly" in the scores of articles written about his appearances before various state courts on behalf of people who claim unfair treatment by the courts -- has a more likely explanation.
He bent just enough to publish thirteen books in his lifetime and become a regular contributor to Dutch magazines and television, but he remained a gadfly to the end.