Archery Idioms

Archery is a sport in which competitors shoot arrows with a bow at a target (target archery) or shoot animals for game (hunting) or for fish (fishing). A target is something one shoots or aims at for scoring.

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Meaning 1
the center of a target
Sentence 1
He scored a bull's eye with that shot.
Meaning 2
to win the point, to get the business deal because you were particularly effective, to say or do exactly the right thing.
Sentence 2
You scored a bull's eye with your speech. The club is going to give five thousand dollars to the literacy project.

Derivation

This expression derives from an old English sport, bullbaiting dogs try to pull a bull by his nose to the ground. Gamblers would place a bet "on the bull's eye" if he wished to make a bet. Crowns, an English coin, were used to bet so frequently "on the bull's eye that the coin itself came to be called a bull's-eye. Later, the term was applied to the black center of a target. The idiom right on the money is also derived from the ancient interchangeable use of a coin, bull's-eye and the center of a target. A sentence in this case would be: " You were right on the money with your speech."

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Meaning 1
to shoot the best one can
Sentence 1
He gave his best shot at the target and made a bull's eye.
Meaning 2
to do one's best
Sentence 2
See what you can do. Give the assignment your best shot.
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Meaning 1
to hit the target with a bow and arrow
Sentence 1
That arrow is on target.
Meaning 2
on schedule, precisely right
Sentence 2
Your estimate was on target.
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Meaning 1
A target is something one shoots or aims at for scoring.
Sentence 1
Please aim your arrow at the target.
Meaning 2
a goal or objective
Sentence 2
The target for attendance at the meeting tomorrow is one hundred per cent.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to shoot at a target
Sentence 1
Target the bullseye. (In archery) Target the munitions factory. (in flying/bombing)
Meaning 2
to try to achieve an objective or goal
Sentence 2
Please target young parents for your next marketing effort.
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Meaning 1
not on target or the bull's eye
Sentence 1
I aimed my arrow, but it went wide of the mark. I aimed the bombs at the munitions factory, but was wide of the mark and didn't hit it.
Meaning 2
to not achieve a goal or objective, to do less than expected
Sentence 2
I was wide of the mark on that contract. I thought we would get the bid.