Definitions of Gadflies

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Usage examples for Gadflies

  1. And while in peace cows eat, and chew their cuds, Moozing cool sheltered neath the skirting woods, To double uses they the hours convert, Turning the toils of labour into sport; Till morn's long streaking shadows lose their tails, And cooling winds swoon into faultering gales; And searching sunbeams warm and sultry creep, Waking the teazing insects from their sleep; And dreaded gadflies with their drowsy hum On the burnt wings of mid- day zephyrs come,- Urging each lown to leave his sports in fear, To stop his starting cows that dread the fly; Droning unwelcome tidings on his ear, That the sweet peace of rural morn's gone by. – Poems Chiefly From Manuscript by John Clare
  2. His growing liberality of thought in religious matters, and the absence of asceticism from his life, had brought a swarm of gadflies round his head, whose stings annoyed him, even if they inflicted no serious hurt. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  3. In the summertime gadflies were exasperating in their attacks on men and cattle. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  4. He sank softly and slowly into the liquid mud, which covered him as with a mantle, and soothed him in spite of himself, for, in any case, it saved him from the sharp, stinging bites of the great gadflies, which are able to pierce even the thick skin of the buffalo. – Rataplan by Ellen Velvin
  5. The vehement girl, to whom no one had ever shown any pity, and on whose soul the word had fallen like a mockery, who for long hours had been suffering suppressed and torturing misery, felt it a relief to give free vent to the anguish of her soul; she ended with a hard laugh, and waved her hand round her head as though to disperse a swarm of gadflies. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  6. They are never more quiet than gadflies. – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  7. Not otherwise in summer do the dogs, Now with the foot, now with the muzzle, when By fleas, or flies, or gadflies, they are bitten. – Divine-Comedy-Longfellow-s-Translation-Complete by Dante Alighieri
  8. This treatment has proven very efficient in localities where sheep Gadflies are numerous. – The Veterinarian by Chas. J. Korinek
  9. A thousand gadflies are buzzing in my brain- I am so tremendously excited! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  10. Then Caroline, the Caroline whose simplicity caused you such agony, Caroline who has become familiar with society, Caroline becomes acute and witty: you have two gadflies instead of one. – Petty Troubles of Married Life, Part First by Honore de Balzac
  11. I likewise roused my horse and went off at a hard trot, with the vain impulse so to shake off the tormenting thoughts that crowded on me like gadflies. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald