make a beeline for sb/sth
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British pronunciation/mˌeɪk ɐ bˈiːlaɪn fɔː ˌɛsbˈiː slˈaʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
American pronunciation/mˌeɪk ɐ bˈiːlaɪn fɔːɹ ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/

to go directly and quickly towards someone or something, typically with a clear and focused intention, often without any delays or distractions along the way

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to [make] a beeline for {sb/sth} definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "make a beeline for somebody or something" and when to use it?

The idiom "make a beeline for somebody or something" originates from the behavior of bees. They typically follow a straight line or path, known as a "beeline," to reach their destination quickly. The term 'beeline' itself emerged in the 19th century and was influenced by the observation of bees' flight paths. It became a metaphorical expression to describe a direct and straight route taken by someone or something. It is commonly used in informal contexts to describe someone's direct and swift movement towards a particular person or object. It implies a sense of urgency, eagerness, or strong interest in reaching the target.

Whenever a celebrity is spotted in town, fans make a beeline for the location, hoping to catch a glimpse or snap a photo.
Whenever the teacher enters the classroom, the students make a beeline for her to ask questions and seek guidance.
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