Usage examples "gadfly":
- The philosopher said to the people of Athens: I am your gadfly. - "Best Russian Short Stories", Various.
- When we behold it active in a small town, or among a certain number of men within the range of our own observation, the goddess would seem to become as persistent as a gadfly, and no less fantastic. - "The Buried Temple", Maurice Maeterlinck.
- You can but try, she had said to the Gadfly; but I don't think anything will come of it. - "The Gadfly", E. L. Voynich.