deadeye

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Adjective[edit]

deadeye (not comparable)

  1. Very accurate with shooting or throwing.
    • 1961 November 2, Jerry Green, “Gross Dwarfed, But Not in Ability”, The Milwaukee Sentinel:
      Gross, only a 20-year-old junior, is a deadeye passer, a poised runner and a quick-thinking field general.
    • 1999 November 15, Alan Shipnuck, “10 Ucla”, Sports Illustrated:
      Help in that department should come from highly touted freshman Jason Kapono, a 6'7" deadeye shooter who made 211 threes in high school.
    • 2008, Gerald Vizenor, Father Meme[1], University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0-8623-4515-8, page 94:
      The old man was a natural sniper, a deadeye shooter even as a boy, and he served with my great uncle in the First World War.
  2. About a stare: cold; unfriendly.

Noun[edit]

deadeye (plural deadeyes)

  1. (nautical) A wooden disk having holes through which the lanyard is passed, used for tightening shrouds.
  2. A very accurate marksman.
    • 1989, Tobias Wolff, This Boy's Life: A Memoir[2]:
      He taught both my mother and me to shoot, taught my mother so well that she became a better shot than he was--a real deadeye.
  3. (uncommon) A penchant for noticing a particular thing, or a person who has such a penchant.
    • 1990, Ron Chernow, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance[3]:
      He examined the cash balance daily, boasted he could pay off all debts in two hours, had a deadeye for fake figures in scanning a ledger, and personally audited the books each New Year's Day.
    • 1999, Ann Rowe Seaman, Swaggart: The Unathorized Biography of an American Evangelist[4]:
      Thirty-four years later, she was a tough CEO who went after Jimmy's detractors with a deadeye for the jugular.
    • 2002, Lilly Paige White, Manny Lesko: The Erotic History of Estelle Antoinette Francine Chevalier[5], iUniverse, ISBN 978-0595223923, page 42:
      Manny's memory had always been an arch-phenomenon of mimcry [sic]; he was a deadeye for all the destructive details.