- 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
Examples from the Web for longbow
Historical Examples of 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
Longbow said he was glad to get out—that the business of justice was wearin' him to death.
Mrs. Longbow said "she hadn't got any rattles as she know'd on."
- a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England