deadeye

noun
dead·eye | \ˈded-ˌī \

Definition of deadeye 

1 : a rounded wood block encircled by a rope or an iron band and having holes to receive the lanyard that is used especially to set up shrouds and stays

2 : an unerring marksman

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Each is deadeye with a gun — a good skill to have when rattlesnakes make their way into your home. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Join us on deck for games such as handless doughnut eating, deadeye bowling and cauldron tossing. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: Farm & Fleet Toyland celebration, Halloween haunts, a haunted ship and more," 18 Oct. 2017 Pelinka was a deadeye shooter and a reliable reserve, a good player defined by his uncanny proximity to elite players. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Summer of Showtime: Why All Eyes Will Be on the Lakers," 17 Apr. 2018 Its deadeye headlight stare is the focus of a stout snout that sets the tone for the rest of the car’s upright stature. Car and Driver, "2018 Jeep Renegade," 7 Mar. 2018 Senior guard Dakota Mathias is a deadeye perimeter shooter who entered Sunday as one of only seven qualifying players in the country this season to sink 47% or more of at least 5.5 tries from distance per game, according to Sports Reference. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Despite an Overall Down Year, the Big Ten Can Do Damage in the NCAA Tournament," 4 Mar. 2018 His deadeye three-point shooting and intelligent use of ball screens open up space for the rest of his game. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Big Board 3.0: Trae Young Continues Dazzling Climb," 10 Jan. 2018 Washington is on its second kicker, but Dustin Hopkins’ replacement, Nick Rose, has been a deadeye. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Chargers vs. Redskins: How they match up," 10 Dec. 2017 And Bogdan Bogdanovic arrives from Europe with a deadeye touch. SI.com, "One Telling Stat for All 30 NBA Teams," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of deadeye

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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