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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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Arnold said that Horsefly is applying for a license to sell beer and wine through the state process.
1977a, Paleoecology of Eocene lacustrine varves at Horsefly, British Columbia: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v.
Or, perhaps, we may think that Wagner offers us neither the ideas of a gadfly nor a horsefly but, instead, those of a barfly.
1920) housed in the Bolus Herbarium in Cape Town, which clearly shows a horsefly (Tabanidae) with pollinaria of the orchid attached to its long proboscis (see Johnson and Johnson 1993).
Neither do they assault themselves, like a horsefly repeatedly attacking the same spot on a window, ignoring a viable alternative.
There is a stillness among these ancestor trees that is heightened by the occasional buzz of a horsefly or the distant call of a jay.
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Mozzie, horsefly, midge you name it, my epidermis has been chewed by it.
com)-- Celebrated filmmakers Horsefly Films will be in attendance as they bring their acclaimed films to the spiritual home of the horse in America.
Weld, you may have heard, targets this festival like a horsefly does a juicy piece of skin.
The 23-year-old university student from Horsefly, British Columbia, was proud of having captained the Canadian volleyball team to a third-place finish.
One of my colleagues ended up in a doctor's surgery with a very swollen leg after a horsefly attack.