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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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Murrow may or may not appear to be an early twenty-first century gadfly to us.
Commission on Civil Rights, Berry never stopped being an irritant and a gadfly.
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Alas, because Fiedler the young gadfly was an irritant and, still feisty in his eighties, now seems to some an embarrassment.
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