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longbow

[ lawng-boh, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˌboʊ, ˈlɒŋ- /
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noun

a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

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Idioms for longbow

    draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something: He's sure to draw the longbow on the size of his catch of fish.

Origin of longbow

First recorded in 1490–1500; long1 + bow2
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British Dictionary definitions for longbow

longbow
/ (ˈlɒŋˌbəʊ) /

noun

a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England
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