draw the short straw
be the unluckiest of a group of people, especially in being chosen to perform an unpleasant task
On e method of drawing lots involves holding several straws of varying lengths with one end concealed in your hand and then inviting other members of the group to take one each.
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draw a bead on
take aim at with a gun - chiefly North American
1994 - Ontario Out of Doors - Few moose will pose majestically right at the water's edge while you draw a bead on them.
draw a blank
elicit no response
A blank was originally a lottery ticket that did not win a prize.
draw his fire
attract hostility or criticism away from a more important target.
draw the line at = draw a line at
set a limit of what you are willing to do or accept, beyond which you will not go
1995 - Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum - She even manages to persuade Gillian not to cheat although Gillian draws the line at not screaming when she loses.
cease doing something
In the game of cricket, the stumps are taken out of the ground at the close of play.
the luck of the draw
the outcome of chance rather than something you can control
quick on the draw
very fast in acting or reacting
The draw is the action of taking a pistol or other weapon from its holster.
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