Definition of draw (or get) a bead on in English:

draw (or get) a bead on

phrase

North American
  • 1Take aim at with a gun.

    ‘I drew a bead on the nape of his neck’
    • ‘Plenty of good spots for a rebel sniper or two with AA artillery to get a bead on an air limo cruising along.’
    • ‘The real tactics of sea battling is in forcing your enemy into a bad position and then damaging them while they cannot get a bead on your ship.’
    • ‘The troops, wearing flak jackets, tried to get a bead on this guy.’
    • ‘A quick look over my shoulder gives me enough time to see a smartly suited figure, accompanied by similarly clothed and similarly armed others, pull what looks like a pulsegun and try to get a bead on me.’
    • ‘He dove underneath me and I could not get a bead on him.’
    • ‘Turner got a bead on yet another alien ship and loosed a missile from the left pylon.’
    • ‘Our C - 130 Hercules zigzagged up to cruising altitude so bad guys couldn't get a bead on us with shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles.’
    • ‘If your scope becomes flooded with red light, that means she's got a bead on you.’
    • ‘Most of the weapons have some kind of targeting laser that looks very cool but it doesn't help getting a bead on a charging zombie.’
    • ‘The advantage of bullet time is that while everything slows down, you can still aim in real-time. Some of the best and most tense moments come from watching a hail of enemy bullets whiz past as you try to get a bead on them before they fire again.’
    • ‘A sensor contact made him pause, take cover, and get a bead on the opening to the tunnel.’
    • ‘Other times, on other nights that Goodrum himself describes, he'd relive those bleak seconds aboard the USS Missouri when he was in the Navy during the War and a missile drew a bead on his ship.’
    • ‘‘He drew a bead on me and I drew a bead on him and dropped him,’ Capt. Hornbuckle says. ‘He was not going to stop me from going home.’’
    • ‘The sergeant drew a bead on the shooter with his weapon of choice, an M - 14 rifle equipped with a special optic sight that has crosshairs and a red aiming dot.’
    • ‘The Snowbirds obliged by flying in numbers sufficient for my autofocus to get a bead on them.’
    aim at, fix on, focus on, zero in on, sight
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    1. 1.1 Fully understand or make sense of.
      ‘it's hard to draw a bead on the stock market these days’
      • ‘The Kyrgyz soldiers draw a bead on him.’
      • ‘He's good at showing different looks so offenses have a hard time getting a bead on what the defense is doing.’
      • ‘She looked down at herself to get a bead on her situation, only to find she wasn't clothed.’
      • ‘The purpose of the dance was to prevent snipers from getting a bead on us.’
      • ‘The Snowbirds obliged by flying in numbers sufficient for my autofocus to get a bead on them.’
      • ‘Plenty of good spots for a rebel sniper or two with AA artillery to get a bead on an air limo cruising along.’
      • ‘Scope in place, he drew a bead on the enemy.’
      • ‘With a major three-year $500,000 grant from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Foundation is drawing a bead on reaching this at-risk group.’
      • ‘She'll look around trying to get a bead on the place.’
      • ‘He dove underneath me and I could not get a bead on him.’