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gadfly

Pronunciation: /ˈgædflaɪ/

Translation of gadfly in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural -flies)

  • 1.1 [Zoology/Zoología] tábano (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Later, Hera sent the notorious gadfly to continuously bite and irritate Io.
    • She was tormented by a furious little gadfly that bit her mercilessly, though she flicked her tail this way and that.
    • Zeus had once tried to seduce the lovely Io, but Hera, his jealous wife, had discovered her husband's intentions and turned poor Io into a cow, left to wander about the earth, constantly pursued and tormented by a pestilent gadfly.
    1.2 (person) criticón, (masculine, feminine) [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • But he admits he is curious: what has the liberal gadfly done to annoy so many conservatives like him?
    • The gadfly soon became an annoyance to both the MTA and the union, creating a newsletter which aired workers' grievances but criticised alleged union inaction.
    • I have always considered him sort of a Socratic gadfly.

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