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bull's-eye

[boo lz-ahy] /ˈbʊlzˌaɪ/
noun, plural bull's-eyes.
1.
the circular spot, usually black or outlined in black, at the center of a target marked with concentric circles and used in target practice.
2.
a shot that hits this.
3.
the center or central area of a military target, as of a town or factory, in a bombing raid.
4.
a missile that strikes the central area of a target.
5.
the coordinates or instance of aiming and firing a missile that results in its hitting the center of a target.
6.
Informal.
  1. any statement or act that is precisely to the point or achieves a desired result directly.
  2. something that is decisive or crucial; crux.
7.
a small circular opening or window.
8.
a thick disk or lenslike piece of glass inserted in a roof, ship's deck, etc., to admit light.
9.
Optics. a lens of short focal length.
10.
a lantern equipped with a lens of this sort.
11.
Nautical. an oval or circular wooden block having a groove around it and a hole in the center, through which to reeve a rope.
12.
Meteorology. (formerly) the eye of a storm.
13.
a large, round piece of peppermint-flavored hard candy.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90
Related forms
bull's-eyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bull's-eye

bull's-eye

noun
1.
the small central disc of a target, usually the highest valued area
2.
a shot hitting this
3.
(informal) something that exactly achieves its aim
4.
a small circular or oval window or opening
5.
a thick disc of glass set into a ship's deck, etc, to admit light
6.
the glass boss at the centre of a sheet of blown glass
7.
  1. a small thick plano-convex lens used as a condenser
  2. a lamp or lantern containing such a lens
8.
a peppermint-flavoured, usually striped, boiled sweet
9.
(nautical) a circular or oval wooden block with a groove around it for the strop of a shroud and a hole at its centre for a line Compare deadeye
10.
(meteorol) the eye or centre of a cyclone
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Slang definitions & phrases for bull's-eye

bull's-eye

interjection

An exclamation of admiration over a perfect answer, guess, solution, etc; bingo1

Related Terms

hit the nail on the head


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