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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Any of various large insects of family Tebanidae that annoy livestock; A persistently annoying person.

Usage examples (36)
  • Being a gadfly is certainly a role, and occasionally a helpful one.
  • And sometimes the gadfly is off base and really doesn't understand what is going on.
  • Q: You've been called a gadfly, a consumer activist.
  • History shows that once in a while even a so-called gadfly has been able to effect change. for more
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