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Gadfly meaning

gadfly - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. Any dipterous insect of the genus Oestrus, and allied genera of botflies.
  2. 2. An insect that stings cattle.

gadfly - examples of usage

  1. Here is another: The gadfly makes the horse run swift: " Speed," quoth the gadfly, " is my gift." - "Warlock o' Glenwarlock", George MacDonald.
  2. And there he remained, in Vilquin's pocket as it were; at the heart of Vilquin's family life, observing Vilquin, irritating Vilquin,- in short, the gadfly of all the Vilquins. - "Modeste Mignon", Honore de Balzac.
  3. Now, this, and not the series representing the martyrdom of the old couple at Douro Lodge Gates, whose rigid frames bore witness to the close packing of a gentlemanly residence, this was the sketch General Ople, in his madness from the pursuing bite of the gadfly, handed about at Mrs. Pollington's lawn- party. - "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
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