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[lawng-boh, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊ, ˈlɒŋ-/
a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something:
He's sure to draw the longbow on the size of his catch of fish.
1490-1500; long1 + bow2 Unabridged
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  • He was interested in history and wrote an account of the development of the longbow.
  • Invention of the stirrup may rival that of the longbow and gunpowder.
  • One crucial element in this victory was the longbow.
  • And he was traveling with a long, roughly shaped stalk of yew-an unfinished longbow, yet to be notched and strung.
  • The above provision shall not apply to persons carrying a longbow.
  • Fish may be taken by gigging, atlatl, or longbow from sunrise to midnight.
  • Hunting limited to longbow, crossbow and muzzleloading firearms only.
  • The crossbow and eventually the longbow supplanted it as sniper weapon.
British Dictionary definitions for longbow


a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England
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Word Origin and History for longbow

also long-bow, the characteristic medieval English weapon, c.1500, from long (adj.) + bow (n.1).

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