beeline

noun
bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Definition of beeline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a straight direct course

beeline

verb
beelined; beelining; beelines

Definition of beeline (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go quickly in a straight direct course

Examples of beeline in a Sentence

Verb He beelined out the door.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The man leaped from his chair, cursed and made a beeline for the stage, club officials and Mr. Kilgallon recalled. New York Times, 12 May 2022 The 348-foot long Amadea then made a beeline for Fiji at a cruising speed of 13 miles an hour and arrived in the port of Lautoka on April 12, apparently without the necessary permits. Erin Prater, Fortune, 8 May 2022 The 348-foot long Amadea then made a beeline for Fiji at a cruising speed of 13 miles an hour and arrived in the port of Lautoka on April 12, apparently without the necessary permits. Fortune, 6 May 2022 Alternatively, make a beeline to the Tahoe Donner Trail System, with 60 miles of multi-use trails, or hit the famous Flume Trail at Lake Tahoe. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 6 Jan. 2022 Make a beeline online to sites like ZGallerie, West Elm, Amazon, Target, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 29 Nov. 2021 Following a standing ovation, tens of theatergoers made a beeline to the stage door to stake out a spot in the hopes of getting a glimpse of Anderson up close. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 At the time, Chicago was already ahead, 58-28, late in the second quarter when Dunleavy boxed out Antetokounmpo , who got to his feet and made a beeline down the floor toward Dunleavy. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 So Ochoa’s son Alex turned on his phone’s flashlight and made a beeline for his room. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But in having his forces beeline for the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv last week, Putin stumbled headlong into one principle that global leaders appear willing to fight for: state sovereignty. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 Once seasoned, the casks beeline it to Speyside to be topped with new-make spirit. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 The moment the upright is nestled in the corner, three of them beeline for the bench meant for one and tap on the black and white keys. Tara Adhikari, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Aug. 2021 Serious collectors will even beeline straight to the Rae Dunn aisle in their local TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods as soon as the stores open, as shown in this now-viral TikTok. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 28 May 2021 Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts will want to beeline to the sprawling Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, adjacent to the hotel. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, foodies will want to beeline to the Signature Over-the-Rhine Tour, a scrumptious food tour (incorporating alfresco dining wherever possible) of an amazing urban historic district. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 Baseball or not, visitors landing at Southwest Florida International Airport will first want to beeline to one of the coastal island communities of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Some smuggling crews drive on, trying to beeline or outmaneuver pursuers long enough to reach either the surf or legal sanctuary in Mexican waters. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beeline

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beeline

Noun

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

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The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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Last Updated

23 May 2022

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“Beeline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beeline. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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beeline

noun
bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Kids Definition of beeline

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

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