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[bee-lahyn] /ˈbiˌlaɪn/
a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for):
The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator.
Origin of beeline
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; bee1 + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This they can see for a long distance as he makes a beeline for his home.

  • He waggled his wings, then turned and made a beeline for the city.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • Its almost a beeline, Andy, and the Racing Star is built for speed.

    Airship Andy Frank V. Webster
  • "We'd better head for the hotel on a beeline," Scotty suggested.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • I made a beeline for the cook house while they did that and filled up for three.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for beeline


the most direct route between two places (esp in the phrase make a beeline for)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beeline

also bee-line, 1838, American English, from bee + line (n.), in reference to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field.

TO LINE BEES is to track wild bees to their homes in the woods. One who follows this occupation is called a bee hunter. [Bartlett, 1859]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beeline



A direct and speedy route

[1830; fr the notion that bees take the most direct route in returning to their hives]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with beeline


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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