To draw a long bow


To draw a long bow
Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster]

I do set my bow in the cloud. --Gen. ix. 13. [1913 Webster]

2. A weapon made of a strip of wood, or other elastic material, with a cord connecting the two ends, by means of which an arrow is propelled. [1913 Webster]

3. An ornamental knot, with projecting loops, formed by doubling a ribbon or string. [1913 Webster]

4. The U-shaped piece which embraces the neck of an ox and fastens it to the yoke. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) An appliance consisting of an elastic rod, with a number of horse hairs stretched from end to end of it, used in playing on a stringed instrument. [1913 Webster]

6. An arcograph. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mech. & Manuf.) Any instrument consisting of an elastic rod, with ends connected by a string, employed for giving reciprocating motion to a drill, or for preparing and arranging the hair, fur, etc., used by hatters. [1913 Webster]

8. (Naut.) A rude sort of quadrant formerly used for taking the sun's altitude at sea. [1913 Webster]

9. (Saddlery) sing. or pl. Two pieces of wood which form the arched forward part of a saddletree. [1913 Webster]

{Bow bearer} (O. Eng. Law), an under officer of the forest who looked after trespassers.

{Bow drill}, a drill worked by a bow and string.

{Bow instrument} (Mus.), any stringed instrument from which the tones are produced by the bow.

{Bow window} (Arch.) See {Bay window}.

{To draw a long bow}, to lie; to exaggerate. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • draw the long bow — To make extravagant statements • • • Main Entry: ↑bow draw the long bow see under ↑bow2 • • • Main Entry: ↑draw draw the long bow see under ↑bow2 • • • Main Entr …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw a long bow — If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • draw the long bow —    to boast or exaggerate    The longer the bow, the further the potential range. Also as pull the long bow:     ... draw the long bow better now than ever. (Byron, 1824, of boasting)     You will say, Ah, here s Flashy pulling the long bow, but… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • draw a long bow —    If someone draws a long bow, they lie or exaggerate.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pull the long bow —    see draw the long bow …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Bow — (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the cloud. Gen …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow bearer — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow drill — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow instrument — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bow window — Bow Bow (b[=o]), n. [OE. bowe, boge, AS. boga, fr. AS. b[=u]gan to bend; akin to D. boog, G. bogen, Icel. bogi. See {Bow}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything bent, or in the form of a curve, as the rainbow. [1913 Webster] I do set my bow in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English