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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Origin of Make a Beeline

For centuries bees have been associated with industriousness, but in the past it was also thought that they always flew in a straight line to the hive when they had collected their pollen, similar to the way we still use the expression "The way the crow flies" to indicate a unimpeded route. Although there is no evidence of the bee flying in a straight line, that hasn't impeded the use of the word "beeline" as a way of indicating a hasty, direct route to something.
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