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See also: bee-line


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From bee +‎ line, due to the belief that a bee returns to its hive in a straight course.


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  • IPA(key): /ˈbiːlaɪn/
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  • Rhymes: -iːlaɪn


beeline (plural beelines)

  1. A very direct or quick path or trip.
    to make / strike a beeline for / to something
    The children made a beeline to the swimming pool.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      , Episode 16
      Discussing these and kindred topics they made a beeline across the back of the Customhouse and passed under the Loop Line bridge where a brazier of coke burning in front of a sentrybox or something like one attracted their rather lagging footsteps.
  2. (mining, chiefly historical) 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.



beeline (third-person singular simple present beelines, present participle beelining, simple past and past participle beelined)

  1. To travel in a straight course, ignoring established paths of travel.

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