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Shoot the bull

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

: steve

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.