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deadeye

[ ded-ahy ]
/ ˈdɛdˌaɪ /
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noun, plural dead·eyes.
Nautical. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.
an expert marksman.
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Origin of deadeye

1740–50; dead + eye; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman's eye,Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye
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British Dictionary definitions for deadeye

deadeye
/ (ˈdɛdˌaɪ) /

noun
nautical either of a pair of disclike wooden blocks, supported by straps in grooves around them, between which a line is rove so as to draw them together to tighten a shroudCompare bull's-eye (def. 9)
mainly US informal an expert marksman
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