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stormy petrel

noun
1.
the British storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean.
2.
a person who causes or likes trouble or strife.
Origin of stormy petrel
1770-1780
1770-80
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  • Yes, she was a stormy petrel, and she had no right to ruin Victor Joyselle and his family.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
  • These fellows must respect us, have faith in the stormy petrel and her crew.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Maritz was the stormy petrel of a far more serious disturbance.

  • Do you mean to say that kid from the stormy petrel put me out?

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • It was a perfect "man-bird" of the air, was this stormy petrel.

  • Forty-eight long hours the stormy petrel haunted the gray fog.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • That the stormy petrel was a doomed aircraft he had not the least doubt.

  • Like the stormy petrel, they only are seen in troubled times.

    Chats in the Book-Room Horace N. Pym
  • The stormy petrel hardly ever goes on land except to lay her eggs.

  • But after marriage there came to each of them that stormy petrel of Unhappiness, Ambition.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for stormy petrel

stormy petrel

noun
1.
another name for storm petrel
2.
a person who brings or portends trouble
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