deadeye

noun
dead·​eye | \ ˈded-ˌī How to pronounce deadeye (audio) \

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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Examples of deadeye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Myths surrounding the Earps, Wyatt’s pal Doc Holliday (who was far from the deadeye shot he’s been made out to be), and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral are not the only obstacles facing a writer intent on telling the true story of Tombstone. Dallas News, "Famous Old West feud comes to life in ‘Tombstone’," 21 Apr. 2020 And her skills — a deadeye shooter, crafty dribbler and prescient passer with an off-the-charts basketball I.Q. — have drawn shout-outs from LeBron James and Stephen Curry, as well as widespread adoration from those closer to Eugene. New York Times, "The Best College Basketball Rivalry Right Now Is in Oregon," 7 Feb. 2020 The 6-foot-5 deadeye shooter chose the Tigers over the likes of Tennessee, Xavier and Vanderbilt, among others, and Pearl credited his son, Steven Pearl, with getting the job done as Powell’s primary recruiter throughout the process. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "How Bruce Pearl landed Auburn’s 1st top-10 recruiting class," 20 Nov. 2019 Stefan Krajisnik, Special for IndyStar Sophomore Damezi Anderson came to IU with the reputation of a deadeye shooter. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Sophomore forward Damezi Anderson starting to find his shooting touch," 17 Nov. 2019 At the next level, deadeyes would surely free space Zion’s aerial attack on the rim. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "How David Griffin Rebuilt the Pelicans and His World," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of deadeye

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadeye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadeye. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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