- a large bow drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for longbow
Swiftly he slipped an arrow across his longbow and winged it after the flying beast.Robin Hood
A dawning suspicion was in his mind that Stacy was drawing the longbow.The Pony Rider Boys in New England
Frank Gee Patchin
A shaft is an arrow for the longbow, a bolt is for the crossbow.Folk-lore of Shakespeare
Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Bigelow was still more specific in his history of Mrs. Longbow.
Longbow said he was glad to get out—that the business of justice was wearin' him to death.
- a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England
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Word Origin and History for longbow
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