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draw a bead on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v draw a bead on have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
    • v draw a bead on aim with a gun "The hunter drew a bead on the rabbit"
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Idioms

Draw a bead on - To draw a bead on is to aim a gun at something and can be used to mean to focus on or aim at someting as a goal..
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Usage

In literature:

An Injun is layin' 'roun' here some whar, an' he drawed a bead on one uv them turkeys at the same time we did.
"The Scouts of the Valley" by Joseph A. Altsheler
You was so clost to him I couldn't draw a bead on him without risking its hitting you.
"Bucky O'Connor" by William MacLeod Raine
Then I'll tell Ned to draw a bead on the beast and plunk him while I hold his attention.
"Tom Swift in the City of Gold, or, Marvelous Adventures Underground" by Victor Appleton
Fifty men have been detailed to pick off as many of St. Leger's force as we can draw a bead on.
"The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley" by James Otis
But I tried to draw a bead on the big, wagging brown shape and fired till my rifle was empty.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
I never wanted to draw a bead on that man, and I don't want to now more 'n ever.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
He was just drawing bead on a robin.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Open the door and draw a bead on it!
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
I laid behind a rock with a bead draw'd on him.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
The men hated him with the hate of hell, but they could not draw bead on so brave a man as that.
"The County Regiment" by Dudley Landon Vaill
This time he lay on the ground, trying to draw a bead.
"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley
He was too busy drawing a bead on a gorgeously arrayed enemy officer who appeared to be directing the defence.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Whenever I draw a bead on a deer I do so with the thought in my mind that here is the provision of the Almighty for food for His children.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
Before he could draw a bead on the animal the deer was gone behind a neighboring cliff.
"To Alaska for Gold" by Edward Stratemeyer
And he is drawing a fine "bead" on the two hundred yards sight.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
He can kill her now ef he takes a notion afore we can draw bead on him.
"The Frontier Angel" by Edward S. Ellis
I'd sooner draw a bead on one of 'em than on a rattlesnake.
"We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
We never thought to draw a bead On Yankee-doodle-doo!
"Songs and Ballads of the Southern People" by Anonymous
Don't a one o' ye pull trigger till ye've drawed a bead on a red skin.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
You insert another cartridge, hurriedly draw a bead on the largest buck again, and fire.
"Cruisings in the Cascades" by George O. Shields
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In poetry:

"The filly's failing fast," thought Jack; "she's
nothing but a weed,
It’s a certainty she can't keep long in front.
I'll make a splendid target, if he likes to draw a
bead, As I try to cross the river on the punt."
"Jack Corrigan" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Like someone's drawing a bead on me, sizing me up with a carving knife.
Drawing a bead on improving ID scarf removal and disposal.
Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard draws a bead on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Sportsman HD draws a bead on Charter systems.
Drawing a bead on urban warriors who take potshots at regular troops.
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