I am looking for idiom/phrase/proverb showing a moderate disdain for somebody insistent, obtrusive.

There are idioms in other languages like (literally)

You mean that business traveler? Very annoying guy. You show him the door, he comes back through the window.

Thank you in advance.

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    There are any number of roundabout ways of describing such a person (your own literal translation wouldn't sound unusual coming from a native Anglophone, for example). But in conventional, standard English, He's a pest is extremely common.So common that the "persistent" connotations of the 4-letter noun form have become somewhat watered down (the focus being on the level of annoyance, rather than its relentlessness). Thus people sometimes resort to pesterer, but more often that nuance is reclaimed/emphasised using something like He's always pestering me. Jul 13, 2017 at 13:13

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There is a saying:

He keeps turning up, like a bad penny.

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