draw the long-bow

longbow

[lawng-boh, long-]
noun
1.
a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
Idioms
2.
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.

Origin:
1490–1500; long1 + bow2

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longbow (ˈlɒŋˌbəʊ)
 
n
a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England

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