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Gadfly

A nickname for a "professional" securityholder who owns stock in various companies, attends annual meetings and asks senior management hard and often embarrassing questions.

Gadfly

A slightly derogatory term for a shareholder who attends annual meetings of shareholders and asks the executives difficult questions. That is, the gadfly may question executive pay, ask why a dividend was not larger when it could have been, and may also generally point out issues about which other shareholders may not be aware. Obviously, many executives do not like the presence of gadflies, though shareholders may find them useful.
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As Jesus told his disciples, every generation wants to build shrines to the prophets of the past, but nobody wants these gadflies lampooning our own greed, arrogance, and corruption.
In other words, gadflies get under your skin, cause a lot of irritation, do a great deal of damage and can sometimes be fatal.
Fortunately, she does not mention gadflies, horseflies, and barflies.
In division one leaders Peggy Gadflies had efforts from Martin Evans, Greg Nixon and Paul Williams help them to a 3-2 victory at Gladstone Athletic and Bird FC''s two goal Mickey McCann left his calling card in the 3-1 success at Railway Meols.
In both instances, the debates were prompted by City Hall gadflies who scrutinize the council and testify about everything from their protest rights to special permit waivers awarded by the council.
They kicked around The Climbing Vines, Noisy Birdwomen, Homing Pigeons and Gadflies before Earhart, the club's first president, suggested they keep it simple - something like the total of the club's charter members, 99.
In Division Two Peggy Gadflies moved into top spot with a fine 3-2 win away to AC Brookley.
TO hear the opponents of San Fernando Valley cityhood tell it, the 111 intrepid souls seeking office in the new Valley government are little more than political misfits, the sort of gadflies who show up at public hearings and prattle on about water fluoridation or black helicopters.
Bronze Social and Peggy Gadflies were involved in an eight-goal thriller with both teams taking a share of the points with a 4-4 scoreline.
Who would conservatives and self-serving gadflies like Bruce have to blame for their screw-ups if you didn't have us handy?
City Council members chatted idly while city business went on, lobbyists hovered nearby and gadflies complained - it was politics as usual as Los Angeles City Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time Thursday following a $300 million face lift.