1. Nautical A flat hardwood disk with a grooved perimeter, pierced by three holes through which the lanyards are passed, used to fasten the shrouds.
2. Slang An expert shooter: a deadeye with the rifle.
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2. (Shooting) chiefly informal US an expert marksman
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n., pl. -eyes.
1. either of a pair of disks of hardwood having holes through which a lanyard is rove: used to tighten shrouds and stays.
2. an expert marksman.
[1740–50; as nautical term, probably ellipsis from deadman’s eye, Middle English dedmaneseye deadeye]
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