beeline
I. noun Etymology: from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line Date: 1830 a straight direct course II. intransitive verb Date: 1940 to go quickly in a straight direct course

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  • Beeline — Rechtsform Aktiengesellschaft Gründung 1992 Sitz Russland  Russland …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • beeline — ► NOUN (in phrase make a beeline for) ▪ hurry directly to. ORIGIN with reference to the straight line supposedly taken instinctively by a bee when returning to the hive …   English terms dictionary

  • beeline — ☆ beeline [bē′līn΄ ] n. [from the belief that a bee usually flies straight back to its hive after getting nectar] a straight line or direct route from one place to another: now chiefly in the phrase make a beeline for, to go straight toward …   English World dictionary

  • beeline — (n.) also bee line, 1838, American English, from BEE (Cf. bee) + LINE (Cf. line) (n.), in reference to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field …   Etymology dictionary

  • beeline — /ˈbilaɪn / (say beeluyn) noun 1. a direct route; the shortest possible course: when the meeting finished we all headed in a beeline for the refreshments. –phrase 2. make a beeline, to proceed swiftly and directly towards: *The no hopers always… …   Australian English dictionary

  • beeline — /bee luyn /, n. a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for): The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator. [1820 30, Amer.; BEE1 + LINE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • beeline — 1. noun a) A very direct or quick path or trip. The children made a beeline to the swimming pool. b) A dynamite fuse made with a small quantity of dynamite powder along its length, so that the spark travels quickly and at a specific known rate …   Wiktionary

  • beeline — n. shortest route to make a beeline for ( to go directly toward ) * * * [ shortest route ] to make a beeline for ( to go directly toward ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • beeline — bee|line [ˈbi:laın] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From the belief that bees fly back to their hives in a straight line] make a beeline for sb/sth informal to go quickly and directly towards someone or something ▪ Rob always makes a beeline for… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beeline — [[t]bi͟ːlaɪn[/t]] also bee line PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you make a beeline for a place, you go to it as quickly and directly as possible. [INFORMAL] She made a beeline for the car …   English dictionary

  • beeline — noun make a beeline for informal to go quickly and directly towards someone or something: Rob always makes a beeline for beautiful women at parties …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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