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synonyms for gadfly

  • motivator
  • annoyance
  • energizer
  • excitant
  • irritant
  • mover
  • pest
  • prod
  • spur
  • stimulator
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How to use gadfly in a sentence

In exile he would be just another gadfly, too easy for Putin to ignore.
THE MAN PUTIN FEARSSIMON SHUSTERJANUARY 19, 2022TIME
Johns’s approach has been influenced most profoundly by Marcel Duchamp — inventor of the ready-made, lover of chance, gadfly skeptic.
SEEING JASPER JOHNS: A SEMINAL ARTIST’S CAREER IS CELEBRATED AND ILLUMINATED IN TWO CITIESSEBASTIAN SMEESEPTEMBER 29, 2021WASHINGTON POST
He'd be one of five people named “Kevin” in the race, though a state law passed after 2003 requires recall candidates to post their five most recent years of tax records, which could convince some gadfly candidates not to run.
THE TRAILER: BASED OR CRINGE? A NEW WAY OF EXPLAINING THE SAME OLD POLITICAL BRAWLSDAVID WEIGELJULY 13, 2021WASHINGTON POST
In 2008, and during his gadfly campaign in 2019, Gravel got the most attention as an old man who would say what plenty of people were thinking.
THE TRAILER: REFORMERS HAD HIGH HOPES FOR NEW YORK'S ELECTION. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS DIDN'T HELP.DAVID WEIGELJULY 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The gadfly does not immediately sting you; it begins by buzzing in your ears, and you do not at first know what it is.
THE PETTY TROUBLES OF MARRIED LIFE, COMPLETEHONORE DE BALZAC
As I shouldered my load their murmuring voices full of amorous desire stung me like a gadfly.
TRAMPING ON LIFEHARRY KEMP
Then she carried out her revenge by sending an enormous gadfly to torment poor Io, who was still in the form of a heifer.
STORIES OF OLD GREECE AND ROMEEMILIE KIP BAKER
The trumpeter Gadfly and a number of his relations, besides several Grasshoppers and Bees, were the chief musicians.
THE BUTTERFLY'S BALLR.M. BALLANTYNE
She was nagged incessantly by a gadfly of conscience that buzzed in her ears the counsel to tell the police.
THE CUP OF FURYRUPERT HUGHES
When a gadfly succeeds in attaining its aim, it rapidly deposits an egg or two in the nostril, and then leaves them.
BIBLE ANIMALS;J. G. WOOD
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