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beeline

[bee-lahyn] /ˈbiˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for):
The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; bee1 + line1
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Examples for beeline
  • But having killed his prey, the hunter would want to make a beeline for home rather than retrace his steps exactly.
  • And we've left it to circle, or even to beeline out of the solar system-still seeking orders, still trying to communicate with us.
  • The two security guys at the airport made a beeline right for the two of them.
  • Then make a beeline to any outdoor food joint or festivity where locals have gathered.
  • If a galaxy is lensed then the light from that galaxy must travel farther than if had made a beeline to us.
  • But if another enemy intercepts that floater, they'll scoop it up, and make a beeline for the exit.
  • Seeing us, the lawyers made a beeline for the next room, obviously not wanting their client to talk to anyone in the press.
  • Ferry captains, without waiting for orders, will make a beeline for trouble.
  • The spinning orb skipped and rolled, on a beeline for the headpin.
  • When it comes to the food, skip the printed menu and make a beeline for the open grill at the back of the beer garden.
British Dictionary definitions for beeline

beeline

/ˈbiːˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
the most direct route between two places (esp in the phrase make a beeline for)
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Word Origin and History for beeline
n.

also bee-line, 1838, American English, from bee + line (n.), in reference to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field.

TO LINE BEES is to track wild bees to their homes in the woods. One who follows this occupation is called a bee hunter. [Bartlett, 1859]

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Slang definitions & phrases for beeline

beeline

noun

A direct and speedy route

[1830; fr the notion that bees take the most direct route in returning to their hives]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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