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.

1820–30, Americanism; bee1 + line1 Unabridged
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beeline (ˈbiːˌlaɪn)
the most direct route between two places (esp in the phrase make a beeline for)

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Word Origin & History

1838, Amer.Eng., from bee + line, in ref. to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field.
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see make a beeline for.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
But having killed his prey, the hunter would want to make a beeline for home
  rather than retrace his steps exactly.
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
If a galaxy is lensed then the light from that galaxy must travel farther than
  if had made a beeline to us.
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