Idiom: Make a beeline forOED definition: Hurry directly toExample: As soon as work finished on Friday, everyone made a beeline for the bar
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This idiom stems from the sophisticated form of communication used by bees. Having found a good source of nectar, the forager bee returns to the hive and indicates the source of the nectar by performing a Waggle Dance. This is a series of movements which the forager bee does to tell the other bees the direction in which they should go to get to the nectar-laden flowers. This is done by changing the angle of the Waggle Dance, along with the duration, to indicate how far to travel. With this information, the other bees can then go directly to the source of nectar, in other words, they can ‘make a beeline’ for it.
This expression is American in origin, and the first recorded use was in January 1808 in The Davenport Daily Leader, which again, suggests that this phrase had been in use for some time before then.