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[lawng-boh, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊ, ˈlɒŋ-/

a large drawn by hand, as that used by English archers from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
draw the longbow, to exaggerate in telling stories; overstate something:
He’s sure to draw the longbow on the size of his catch of fish.
a large powerful hand-drawn bow, esp as used in medieval England

also long-bow, the characteristic medieval English weapon, c.1500, from long (adj.) + bow (n.1).


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