- She was tormented by a furious little gadfly that bit her mercilessly, though she flicked her tail this way and that.
- Later, Hera sent the notorious gadfly to continuously bite and irritate Io.
- 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.
- Like a gadfly you have been timing your intervention in my sleep routine with uncouth precision.
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- A prolific and polemical author unafraid to offend any and all comers, Abbey was a gadfly who reveled in the controversy he stirred.
- It was much more fun to be a gadfly than to be stung by one.
- I have always considered him sort of a Socratic gadfly.
- We need to encourage new and daring defenders of science, gadflies in the name of critical inquiry; interpreters able to extend the public's understanding of science and its methods.
- Socrates' preferred analogy for his own role in the city was that of a gadfly, who lit upon his fellow citizens and sought to sting them into a healthy state of intellectual wakefulness.
- In a male-dominated culture, she was a woman who read, a writer who meant to publish, and a theological gadfly.
- I am not a developer gadfly and my philosophy with films and developers has always been to stay with things that work well.
- Baseball, by which I mean baseball, lowercase b, has lost a penetrating mind of great discernment, a gadfly who would not be dissuaded from his job as he saw it even when the Commissioner himself phoned to tell him to cut it out.
- Socrates has been described as a gadfly - a first-class pain.
- The presence of gadflies has the effect of stalling the proceedings and delaying decisions.
- In part as a way to circumvent this ban, the two launched the Emergency Conservation Committee, a radical organization that remained a gadfly in wildlife conservation circles for the next three decades.
- She was an occasional mover once, an equal opportunity, though always at bottom DNC faithful gadfly to be reckoned with, but now she's become little more than a formulaic stock pot cooking up the same tired stone soup every week.
- One of his victims was the good abbe himself, a court gadfly and the author of musical comedies, by all estimates a man begging for comic publicity.
- But he admits he is curious: what has the liberal gadfly done to annoy so many conservatives like him?
- Even more important, he, the shocker, the inspirer, the perpetual gadfly and disrupter and disturber, had gained the confidence of the astute and judicious statesman who was our Prime Minister.
- But as critic, scourge, and gadfly he is in the league of Socrates and Voltaire.
- 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.
- As I discussed in another column, anonymity has allowed sites to post arguably confidential corporate information despite trade secret laws, and thus act as gadflies for corporate change.
- While his documentaries are popular in the US and he makes the bestseller lists with his books, he is still sometimes seen by the press and public there as a fringe gadfly.
- He lives in Maine now, and remains a journalistic gadfly.