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noun as in goad; nuisance

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All this shows Walton is not a gadfly or a persistent critic of Gloria’s.

In exile he would be just another gadfly, too easy for Putin to ignore.

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Johns’s approach has been influenced most profoundly by Marcel Duchamp — inventor of the ready-made, lover of chance, gadfly skeptic.

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.

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.

But you run the very real risk of being little more than an interesting gadfly.

The result left the Democratic governor, previously best known as a good-government gadfly, with approval ratings in the low 30s.

I asked Child whether he felt a bond with me, based on the picture for my debut novel, The Year of the Gadfly.

But when I said that Gadfly included vicious bullying and teen suicide, he changed tack.

The right-wing gadfly is on the attack again—but this time she's going after her fellow nutjobs.

The gadfly does not immediately sting you; it begins by buzzing in your ears, and you do not at first know what it is.

As I shouldered my load their murmuring voices full of amorous desire stung me like a gadfly.

Then she carried out her revenge by sending an enormous gadfly to torment poor Io, who was still in the form of a heifer.

The trumpeter Gadfly and a number of his relations, besides several Grasshoppers and Bees, were the chief musicians.

She was nagged incessantly by a gadfly of conscience that buzzed in her ears the counsel to tell the police.


On this page you'll find 11 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to gadfly, such as: motivator, annoyance, energizer, excitant, irritant, and mover.

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