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 Swiftly brushed, the accuracy of the botanical elements suggests a shot-from-the-hip deadeye aim. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 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, 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, 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 |, al, 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, 17 Nov. 2019 At the next level, deadeyes would surely free space Zion’s aerial attack on the rim. Jake Fischer,, 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, 12 June 2018 Join us on deck for games such as handless doughnut eating, deadeye bowling and cauldron tossing. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of deadeye

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deadeye was in 1748

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“Deadeye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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