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deadeye (not comparable)
- Very accurate in shooting or throwing.
1961 November 2, Jerry Green, “Gross Dwarfed, But Not in Ability”, in 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”, in 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.
- (concerning a stare) Cold; unfriendly.
2004 July 28, Emma Field, “Sons and Daughters / The Archie Bronson Outfit, ICA, London”, in The Independent:
- The deadeye stare of the bassist was enough to make any normal person run.
2007 September 10, Manohla Dargis, “The real Jodie Foster, 100 percent professional”, in New York Times:
- Outlandish in its violence and its conceit, "The Brave One" would be an interesting addendum to Foster's career even without its biographical frisson, without the image of Erica holding a gun with a deadeye stare […]
deadeye (plural deadeyes)
- (nautical) A wooden disk having holes through which the lanyard is passed, used for tightening shrouds.
- A very accurate marksman.
1989, Tobias Wolff, This Boy's Life: A Memoir:
- 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.
- (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:
- 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:
- Thirty-four years later, she was a tough CEO who went after Jimmy's detractors with a deadeye for the jugular.