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beeline

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noun bee·line \ -ˌlīn \

Definition of beeline

:a straight direct course

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Origin and Etymology of beeline

from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line


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beeline

verb

Definition of beeline

intransitive verb
:to go quickly in a straight direct course

Examples of beeline in a Sentence

  1. He beelined out the door.

First Known Use of beeline

1882



BEELINE Defined for English Language Learners

beeline

verb

Definition of beeline for English Language Learners

  • : to go quickly in a direct course


BEELINE Defined for Kids

beeline

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noun bee·line \ ˈbē-ˌlīn \

Definition of beeline for Students

:a straight direct course We made a beeline to the dessert table.

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