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A straight line between two places.
- ‘At the jetty were two naval ships, including INS Tir, welcoming beelines of visitors on board.’
- ‘We kind of made a beeline along with everyone else.’
- ‘Not because they have to shell out huge sums, but for the simple reason that they have to spend half their day crawling to the counters in a beeline.’
- ‘Customers are forming a beeline at the city's malls to grab those coveted garments for the super sales on designer labels.’
- ‘1980 saw a beeline of American diplomats and officials coming to Kashmir.’
- ‘There will be a beeline in the front of the physio room after the hard day's work.’
- ‘James kept walking toward the front of the school in a straight beeline for their rented silver Nissan Altima.’
- ‘He zoomed in and out of the slower traffic, making a direct beeline for the USS Golden Phoenix.’
- ‘Oh, perfect, I thought as I lunged from the sofa, barreled out the door and started sprinting in a beeline to the liquor store three blocks away.’
- ‘I beeline to the bathroom, and Mr. Misunderstood beelines for the bar.’
- ‘The beeline sidewalk that shot straight up to the front door was ripped out and replaced by a gently curving, gently climbing brick-lined path.’
Early 19th century: with reference to the straight line supposedly taken instinctively by a bee when returning to the hive.
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