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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.
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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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Official NHS says: "A bite from a horsefly can be very painful and the bitten area of skin will usually be red and raised.
Wagner, in "Probability, Decision Theory, and a Curricular Approach to Developing Good Thinking," may immediately strike a few of us as someone who is a horsefly. Who--other than someone neatly consigned to a fundamentalist commune or a modernist cul-de-sac--writes about the importance of moral matters and a search for truth today?
Whereas midge bites are little more than an inconvenience, bites from a horsefly tend to take longer to recover from because they actually cut into the skin rather than just piercing it, leading to the danger of infection.
They have razor sharp jaws that can cause a very painful bite, which is different to other insect bites as horsefly bites cut the skin rather than piercing it.
And one insect you don't want to get bitten by is the horsefly.
But for sheer irritation the horsefly is a strong contender for the most annoying.
The Scaptia beyonceae horsefly was named after singer Beyonce because of its dense golden hair, and the Gnathia marleyi is a parasite that feeds on fish in the Caribbean, named after late reggae singer Bob Marley.