gadding


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gadding

restlessness and excitement in horses, to a lesser extent cattle, because of the presence of biting flies, more specifically warble flies in cattle and bot flies in horses.
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He despised gadding about; he looked upon coaches as things that ought to be indicted; as disturbers of the peace of mankind; as restless, bustling, busy, horn-blowing contrivances, quite beneath the dignity of men, and only suited to giddy girls that did nothing but chatter and go a-shopping.
I stood behind these two articles five-and-thirty years running, when I no more thought of gadding about than I now think of--staying at home.