Lawyers and businessmen swarm like gnats around the young geniuses, neither of whom has much patience for protocol.
And so the apparent solution struck at the RNC is to skip over the facts as if we all have the attention span of gnats.
It was also the prettiest little chamber in the world, and his servant was beside him with a fan to keep away the flies and gnats.
There were plenty of gnats and midges about, for by now—even so soon—the dew was dried.
We traveled by night and hid in the brush by day, where millions of gnats and mosquitoes literally devoured me!
They had hunting falcons and dogs about as large as gnats and fleas.
Perhaps the flies and gnats which they feed upon cannot live in the air above the roofs.
The evening was then advancing, and the gnats from the trees and shrubs plagued the horses.
The presence of a rat or mouse will greatly excite them, and even the gnats or fleas annoy them exceedingly.
The heat was excessive, and Gordon and his staff were pestered by crowds of gnats.
Old English gnætt "gnat, midge, mosquito," earlier gneat, used of various small, flying insects, from Proto-Germanic *gnattaz (cf. Low German gnatte, German Gnitze); perhaps literally "biting insect" and related to gnaw.
The gnatte is a litil fflye, and hatte culex..he soukeþ blood and haþ in his mouþ a pipe, as hit were a pricke..And is a-countid a-mong volatiles..and greueþ slepinge men wiþ noyse & wiþ bytinge and wakeþ hem of here reste. [John of Trevisa, transl. of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]
Any of various small, biting, two-winged flies, such as a biting midge or black fly.
only in Matt. 23:24, a small two-winged stinging fly of the genus Culex, which includes mosquitoes. Our Lord alludes here to the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common use, "who strain out the gnat;" the words in the Authorized Version, "strain at a gnat," being a mere typographical error, which has been corrected in the Revised Version. The custom of filtering wine for this purpose was common among the Jews. It was founded on Lev. 11:23. It is supposed that the "lice," Ex. 8:16 (marg. R.V., "sand-flies"), were a species of gnat.