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longbow

[lawng-boh, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊ, ˈlɒŋ-/
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
1490-1500; long1 + bow2
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British Dictionary definitions for draw the longbow

longbow

/ˈlɒŋˌbəʊ/
noun
1.
a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England
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Word Origin and History for draw the longbow

longbow

n.

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

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