Definition of beeline in English:

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beeline

Pronunciation: /ˈbiːlʌɪn/

noun

A straight line between two places.
Example sentences
  • James kept walking toward the front of the school in a straight beeline for their rented silver Nissan Altima.
  • He zoomed in and out of the slower traffic, making a direct beeline for the USS Golden Phoenix.
  • The beeline sidewalk that shot straight up to the front door was ripped out and replaced by a gently curving, gently climbing brick-lined path.

Phrases

make a beeline for

Hurry directly to: the city commuters made a beeline for the bar
More example sentences
  • At this point, the focal point of the crowd rested on the door as everyone made a beeline for outside.
  • The lift bumped to a gentle stop at the ground floor and the doors opened, Catherine hurried out straight away and made a beeline for the exit.
  • Ever since the baby was born, visitors to the zoo are making a beeline for the hippo enclosure to see the new arrival.

Origin

Early 19th century: with reference to the straight line supposedly taken instinctively by a bee when returning to the hive.

Words that rhyme with beeline

feline, treeline

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bee|line

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