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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Example sentences
He was interested in history and wrote an account of the development of the
  longbow.
Invention of the stirrup may rival that of the longbow and gunpowder.
One crucial element in this victory was the longbow.
And he was traveling with a long, roughly shaped stalk of yew-an unfinished
  longbow, yet to be notched and strung.
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