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draw a bead on

Definition of draw a bead on

  1. :  to aim at (someone or something) <He lifted the rifle and carefully drew a bead on the target.> —often used figuratively <The government is drawing a bead on inflation.>

Variants of draw a bead on

also US

get a bead on


take a bead on

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance :  pull : as

    :  to move (as a covering) over or to one side

    :  to pull up or out of a receptacle or place where seated or carried

  1. :  the act or process of drawing: as

    :  a sucking pull on something held with the lips

    :  a removal of a handgun from its holster

  1. :  prayer

    :  a series of prayers and meditations made with a rosary

    :  a small piece of material pierced for threading on a string or wire (as in a rosary)

  1. :  to furnish, adorn, or cover with beads or beading

    :  to string together like beads

    :  to form into a bead

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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