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a direct route traveled quickly (usually in the phrase make a beeline for):
The minute he came home he made a beeline for the refrigerator.
Contemporary Examples

After a few uncomfortable minutes, he made a beeline in my direction, all six women in tow.
Confessions of Charlie Sheen’s Bartender Robert Schwartz February 5, 2011

He made a beeline for Abramovich, who took cover inside a Hermès store and had his bodyguards block the door.
Oligarch v. Oligarch: London’s Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons Mike Giglio July 22, 2012

The man sees Chappelle looking at him and crosses the street, making a beeline for him.
Dave Chappelle’s Secret Shows Touré July 9, 2011

He walked in, made a beeline for me, and said he had moved to the city for a job.
Busting a Cyberstalker: How Carla Franklin Fought Back—and Triumphed Abigail Pesta October 11, 2012

Once freed, Abdullah and a slew of recently released Taliban inmates have made a beeline back to the battlefield.
Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai December 5, 2013

Historical Examples

“That they’re there, and coming toward us on a beeline,” Dave replied with a nod toward the approaching flying boats.
Dave Dawson at Truk Robert Sydney Bowen

Its almost a beeline, Andy, and the Racing Star is built for speed.
Airship Andy Frank V. Webster

He waggled his wings, then turned and made a beeline for the city.
The Golden Skull John Blaine

“We’d better head for the hotel on a beeline,” Scotty suggested.
The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin

I rushed through the camp, shooting to the left and right, but keeping a beeline after Powder Face and his rider.
An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)

the most direct route between two places (esp in the phrase make a beeline for)

also bee-line, 1838, American English, from bee + line (n.), in reference to the supposed homing instinct of bees in the field.

TO LINE BEES is to track wild bees to their homes in the woods. One who follows this occupation is called a bee hunter. [Bartlett, 1859]


A direct and speedy route

[1830; fr the notion that bees take the most direct route in returning to their hives]
see: make a beeline for


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