deadeye

[ded-ahy]
noun, plural deadeyes.
1.
Nautical. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.
2.
an expert marksman.

Origin:
1740–50; dead + eye; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman's eye, Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye

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deadeye (ˈdɛdˌaɪ)
 
n
1.  nautical Compare bull's-eye either of a pair of disclike wooden blocks, supported by straps in grooves around them, between which a line is rove so as to draw them together to tighten a shroud
2.  informal chiefly (US) an expert marksman

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The trick is launching the virtually weightless fly to a distant spot with deadeye accuracy.
The deadeye featured here was part of the rigging on the ship and controlled the ropes that raised and lowered the sails.
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