Posted by Lewis on December 06, 2005
In Reply to: Shoot the bull Posted by Steve on December 06, 2005
: where did "shoot the bull" come from
early dart boards were the ends of barrels and some bright spark decided to paint concentric rings to make it more challenging. the original "bulls-eye" was black and white, not the red-green used today. a bull's eye is a roundel of black with white outside - hence the comparison.
shooting at "the bull" is short for aiming for "the bull's-eye"
hope that helps.