To draw the longbow


To draw the longbow
Longbow Long"bow`, n. The ordinary bow, not mounted on a stock; -- so called in distinction from the {crossbow} when both were used as weapons of war. Also, sometimes, such a bow of about the height of a man, as distinguished from a much shorter one. [1913 Webster]

{To draw the longbow}, to tell large stories. [1913 Webster]


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  • draw the longbow — phrasal see draw a longbow …   Useful english dictionary

  • To draw the longbow — draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • draw a longbow — phrasal or draw the longbow : to exaggerate or overstate the truth …   Useful english dictionary

  • draw — (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear, carry, D.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • longbow — [lôŋ′bō΄] n. a large bow drawn by hand and shooting a long, feathered arrow: cf. CROSSBOW draw the longbow or pull the longbow to exaggerate in telling something …   English World dictionary

  • Longbow — Long bow , n. The ordinary bow, not mounted on a stock; so called in distinction from the {crossbow} when both were used as weapons of war. Also, sometimes, such a bow of about the height of a man, as distinguished from a much shorter one. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • longbow — /lawng boh , long /, n. 1. a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries. 2. draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something: He s sure to draw the longbow on the size of… …   Universalium

  • Longbow — To see other senses of this word, see longbow (disambiguation). A longbow is a type of bow that is tall (roughly equal to the height of a person who uses it), is not significantly recurved and has relatively narrow limbs, that are circular or D… …   Wikipedia

  • Longbow — A traditional vertically held english bow used between the 13th and 16th centuries. The weapon of the archer, used for launching arrows, developed in Europe. Compare it with the shorter composite bow of the Saracen, which had a shorter draw but… …   Medieval glossary

  • To draw a bow — draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English