To draw the longbow. To exaggerate. The force of an arrow in
the longbow depends on the strength of the arm that draws it, so the
force of a statement depends on the force of the speaker's imagination.
The longbow was the favourite weapon of the English from the reign of
Edward II. till it was superseded by fire-arms. The “long-bow” was
the hand-bow, as distinguished from the crossbow or bow fitted on a
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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