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[lawng-boh, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊ, ˈlɒŋ-/
a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
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 of longbow
1490-1500; long1 + bow2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That eminent and more or less veracious traveller Captain longbow has a great grievance with the public.

    The Canterbury Puzzles Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • Swiftly he slipped an arrow across his longbow and winged it after the flying beast.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • Mrs. longbow was certainly fortunate in one respect, if she was unfortunate in another.

  • A dawning suspicion was in his mind that Stacy was drawing the longbow.

  • I was very much induced to say “But you do draw with the longbow, and Ceaton only spoke the truth.”

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • A shaft is an arrow for the longbow, a bolt is for the crossbow.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
  • The ancient warrior of England was likely to carry a longbow made of the tough British elm.

    Trees Every Child Should Know Julia Ellen Rogers
  • The husbands of these ladies thought just about as much of longbow & Co. as their wives did.

  • Aunt Graves surrendered—and all this within two months after the death of Mrs. longbow.

  • Mrs. longbow said "she hadn't got any rattles as she know'd on."

British Dictionary definitions for longbow


a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for longbow

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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