Definition of beeline in English:

beeline

noun

  • A straight line between two places.

    • ‘He zoomed in and out of the slower traffic, making a direct beeline for the USS Golden Phoenix.’
    • ‘James kept walking toward the front of the school in a straight beeline for their rented silver Nissan Altima.’
    • ‘We kind of made a beeline along with everyone else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I beeline to the bathroom, and Mr. Misunderstood beelines for the bar.’
    • ‘At the jetty were two naval ships, including INS Tir, welcoming beelines of visitors on board.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be a beeline in the front of the physio room after the hard day's work.’

Phrases

  • make a beeline for

    • Hurry directly to.

      • ‘With that, she turned and made a beeline straight for my mother and her friends, leaving me with Sarah.’
      • ‘As we left the classroom, Ann made a beeline to Michelle's desk to plead her case.’
      • ‘He turned round hastily and made a beeline straight for the door.’
      • ‘And when the evening arrived, one was not surprised to see many making a beeline for the venue.’
      • ‘At this point, the focal point of the crowd rested on the door as everyone made a beeline for outside.’
      • ‘However, the tourists make a beeline to this house.’
      • ‘Ever since the baby was born, visitors to the zoo are making a beeline for the hippo enclosure to see the new arrival.’
      • ‘The lift bumped to a gentle stop at the ground floor and the doors opened, Catherine hurried out straight away and made a beeline for the exit.’
      • ‘And those in the know would ignore the party pies, sausage rolls and sandwiches at the half-time afternoon tea spread and make a beeline for the chocolate cake.’
      • ‘The latecomers made a beeline to the reception desk, showing their entrance forms and collecting their sheets and gifts.’
      go towards, head for, head towards, aim for, make one's way towards, move towards, direct one's steps towards, steer a course towards, be bound for, set out for, make a beeline for, take to
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Origin

Early 19th century: with reference to the straight line supposedly taken instinctively by a bee when returning to the hive.

Pronunciation

beeline

/ˈbilaɪn//ˈbēlīn/