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Gadfly   /gˈædflˌaɪ/   Listen
Gadfly

noun
(pl. gadflies)
1.
A persistently annoying person.  Synonyms: blighter, cuss, pest, pesterer.
2.
Any of various large flies that annoy livestock.



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"Gadfly" Quotes from Famous Books



... by necessity. All unrest involves loss, and thus leads to search. It matters not if the search be unsuccessful; though the gadfly sting as sharply the next moment as it did the last, still so must continue her wanderings. Therefore that Jew, whose mythic fate it is to wait forever upon the earth, the victim of an everlasting sorrow, is also an everlasting wanderer. ...
— Atlantic Monthly Volume 6, No. 34, August, 1860 • Various



Words linked to "Gadfly" :   pest, tormenter, tormentor, warble fly, nudnik, clegg, botfly, nudnick, cuss, fly, pesterer, cleg, blighter, horse fly, persecutor, sheep gadfly, horsefly



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