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May 28, 2024

Word of the Day: Gadfly

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: May 28, 2024

\GAD-flye\ noun

What It Means

In literal use, gadfly refers to any of various flies (such as a horsefly, botfly, or warble fly) that bite or annoy livestock. Gadfly is most popular in figurative use, however, where it refers to someone who provokes or annoys other people especially by persistent criticism.

// The journalist was known as a gadfly for exposing hypocrisy in politics.

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