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Definition of "bull's-eye" [bull's•-eye]

  • The small central circle on a target. (noun)
  • A shot that hits this circle. (noun)
  • A direct hit: scored a bull's-eye on the window with a snowball. (noun)
  • The precise accomplishment of a goal or purpose: "With his overflowing style, [he] almost always hits the bull's-eye of universality” ( William Zimmer). (noun)
  • A thick, circular piece of glass set, as in a roof or ship's deck, to admit light. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bull's-eye" in a sentence
  • "Rep. Bob Brady D-Pa. is planning to introduce a bill banning bull's-eye and crosshairs images."
  • "Whenever I read those stories, I think of George Foreman's contention that the rope-a-dope was never a strategy at all, that Muhammad Ali had fired an arrow into a barn and then walked over afterward and painted a bull's-eye around it."
  • "Rain, and quite a lot of it, drew a bull's-eye on the Washington region with the same ferocity as last winter's relentless blizzards."