bow and arrow

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /bəʊ(.)ən(d.)æɹəʊ/


bow and arrow (plural bows and arrows)

  1. A weapon consisting of a bow and a supply of arrows, often kept in a quiver.
    • 2013 July 20, “Old soldiers?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. The machine gun is so much more lethal than the bow and arrow that comparisons are meaningless.