Definition of bullseye in US English:



  • 1The center of the target in sports such as archery, shooting, and darts.

    • ‘When she had fired 10 times, all hitting somewhere around the center of the bullseye, she handed her bow to the Gym Teacher and made her way over to the water cooler.’
    • ‘I used 1.5’ black bullseyes for one five-shot group each of CCI Min-Mag, Mini-Mag JHPs and Federal Gold Medal Match.’
    • ‘Under the particular conditions that day the bullet appeared at 10 o'clock in the scope several inches above the bullseye and plopped right down, seemingly at the last moment.’
    • ‘Dart and Target was played on a board of numbered coloured circles, on which doubles and trebles did not feature, the highest score being the bullseye and lowest at the edge.’
    • ‘Pursuant to the Massachusetts law, shooting at bullseyes and other non-human representations (of animals, for example) is permitted, but shooting at human pictures is not.’
    • ‘However, the average dart is also likely to land away from the bullseye.’
    • ‘But I could not work out which part of the bow, arrow or my hand for that matter I needed to line up with the bullseye in order to fire the tip of my arrow through it.’
    • ‘Contestants shot at dummies dressed in frock coats with a bullseye on the chest.’
    • ‘The darts throwers also have been hitting the bullseye, but they have been feeding their own type of bull.’
    • ‘He's improved with age, and we are very hopeful he can hit the board on Sunday, but we don't know if he can hit the bullseye.’
    • ‘I've pretty much given up on trying to hit the bullseye on my target, so I now just try to hit the paper of the guy in the lane next to me, thereby making him think that he has a really lousy shot.’
    • ‘Instead of shooting at each other, participants shot at dummies in fancy frock coats with a bullseye embroidered on the chest.’
    • ‘Remembering that the rear sight of a shotgun is the position of your eye, insure that you have an excellent eye-rib alignment and shoot for the center of the bullseye.’
    • ‘All the targets have 10 concentric rings with different points values, the inner ring being the bullseye and normally worth 10 points.’
    • ‘Targets were nine-inch diameter, plain white paper plates with no bullseyes or other marking.’
    • ‘When it hits the target, it crunches into the bullseye with brute force.’
    • ‘Gen. George S. Patton insisted that his troops practice on replica humanoids instead of bullseyes.’
    • ‘As for single-action, I hung out some small fluorescent bullseyes at 10 yards and easily perforated them with single-action fire.’
    • ‘And he just decided he would try to hit the bullseyes, and he was a good marksman, so he did.’
    • ‘John Mooring checked bullseye for 21 darts, while Jack White included a maximum score as did Mark Hartley to game in 20.’
    mark, goal, aim
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    1. 1.1 A shot that hits the center of a target in archery, shooting, and darts.
      • ‘Ali checked out with a bullseye to claim an improbable victory, and immediately declared himself, ‘Darts champion of the world.’’
      • ‘She was one of four competitors to make a second consecutive maximum score, requiring places to be determined on central bullseyes.’
      • ‘In the 12-arrow shootout, top seed Park finished with a bullseye for maximum 10 points to clinch the match.’
      • ‘I almost fell over with the first shot, but then steadied the rifle against my shoulder and shot a few close bullseyes.’
      • ‘She beat 100 other competitors in the final of Her Majesty the Queen's Prize at Bisley in Surrey when she scored 294 with 27 central bullseyes over 901,000 yards.’
      • ‘Planer had been in fifth position when he was credited with a final-shot bullseye, his best shot of the finals.’
      • ‘In a 27-arrow final shot played out in searing heat, the Koreans fired 12 bullseyes for maximum 10-point scores to win the shootout 251-245.’
      • ‘I tell you - You haven't lived until you've seen a woman shoot out a dart across the room and get a bullseye.’
      • ‘Up against world class competitors, he struck gold in the FITA Indoor category, shooting a personal best score of 57 bullseyes out of 60 shots to leave his rivals in his wake.’
      • ‘To explain the game, the Bloomberg reporter points out that pub goers call the game ‘arrows’ and that to win you have to finish either with a bullseye or in the ‘bonus double area’.’
      • ‘Darts is not all about the bullseye, and most darters shoot for triple 19s or 20s.’
      • ‘‘All your shots should be bullseyes,’ Lawrence laughed.’
    2. 1.2 Used to refer to something that achieves exactly the intended effect.
      ‘the silence told him he'd scored a bullseye’
      • ‘I'll have to agree with the movie's makers that less action and more comedy - with almost all gags hitting a thematic bullseye - made John and Jane a lively couple.’
      • ‘While Arcand doesn't score a bullseye with all of his satirical targets, it's exciting to have one of the country's best film-makers back on form.’
      • ‘To look back at the list now is to have a handy, at-a-glance guide to where I hit the bullseye - and where the dart plunged deep into my own foot.’
      • ‘He may have struggled to middle the ball in the early part of his innings yesterday, but he hit the bullseye almost every time this morning as he darted to his 180.’
      • ‘The retail sector in Swindon looks to have scored a bullseye during the January sales.’
      • ‘Which is where Dubliner Kathryn Curran's brainwave, a simple, cost-effective, hassle-free way to buy art, hits the bullseye.’
      • ‘Sale's Barry Bowman hit the bullseye in the Mersey Junior Championship at Withington where he carded a 67 off his 18 handicap.’
      • ‘As in 1995, so in 2000, and now again five years on: the South African board is forever shifting the dates of this fixture, to confuse the weather gods, but the all-seeing eye can't help but hit the bullseye every time.’
      • ‘David Cameron, with that unerring instinct politicians have (what do the public think; I think it too), targeted a worthy subject last week but failed to hit the bullseye.’
      • ‘Julianne Nicholson scores a bullseye by becoming the only woman for whom we develop any empathy.’
      • ‘The tabloid even managed to score a tasteless bullseye last week with an article that combined pornography, cryptography, terrorism and sport in the same article.’
      • ‘‘Walk Idiot Walk’ hits the bullseye, with its rumbling bassline and driving, Pete Townsend-lite guitar licks.’
      • ‘Jeff Taylor, the author, hits the bullseye with his commentary.’
  • 2A large, round, hard peppermint-flavored candy.

    • ‘Favourite sweets of past times, such as humbugs and bullseyes, are produced this way.’
    • ‘My lifelong enthusiasm for cheap sweets stems, I fancy, from the fact that, when I was in rompers, our allowance was only about four ounces of bullseyes and gobstoppers a week.’
    • ‘Many a good black and white bullseye was temporarily ruined by the melting sweet sticking to the paper.’
  • 3dated A hemisphere or thick disk of glass forming a small window in a ship or the glass of a lamp.

    as modifier ‘a bullseye lantern’
    • ‘At certain places there were thick bull's-eye windows, by means of which the under-water travelers could look out into the ocean through which they were moving.’
    • ‘The bull's-eye lantern has a convex lens which concentrates the light and allows it to be thrown in the shape of a diverging cone.’
    • ‘The bullseye lamp was a hand lamp used by officers and men working in magazines, or aa general purposed hand lamp.’
    1. 3.1 A thick knob or boss of glass at the center of a blown glass sheet.
      • ‘Rather than go to waste, bull's-eyes might be set in transoms, but never used in even the poorest window.’
      • ‘At the center of a piece of crown glass, a thick remnant of the original blown bottle neck would remain, hence the name ‘bullseye’.’
      • ‘In addition, the company makes hand-blown crown bullions, large panes with a raised bull's-eye in the middle.’
      centre, mean, median, mid point, halfway point, dead centre, focal point, focus, hub, nucleus, midst
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