b line

Arabic translation: خط مستقيم

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English term or phrase:b line
Arabic translation:خط مستقيم
Entered by: Rana Iskandarani

07:56 Apr 1, 2005
English to Arabic translations [PRO]
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English term or phrase: b line
New Orleans, a city where the saints and sinners come marching in. And make a B-line for Bourbon Street.
Rana Iskandarani
Local time: 09:19
خط مستقيم
Explanation:

سر في خط مستقيم إلى
or
إذهب مباشرة إلى

I'm not so sure about this (see confidence level), but Google searches for "make/made/makes a B-Line for" seem to indicate that it means "walk a straight line to" or "take a shortcut to". I don't know if I would choose to write سر في خط مستقيم إلى if I had more context and knew what Bourbon street was all about and why the writer was recommending that a B-line be made to it (because it's worth visiting? because the surrounding streets are too dangerous to walk in?).
If you're not too convinced with my answer or any other answer you receive, it may be worth posting the question on the "English" page on Kudoz.

Check the following sites:

Jim Stangier did not make a B-Line for the official opening of the Millennium SkyTrain line over the long weekend. Instead, he chose to attend the Air ...
www.thenownews.com/issues02/091202/news/091202nn6.html

Once you begin to approach the entrance to the Vault you need to just make a b-line for it. Its surrounded by a bunch of a nastiness. ...
www.aclore.com/hol/pilgrimfiles/atlansparkingstone.htm

that they currently face and look at ways to improve their productivity, not make a B-line for their wallets to improve a one-off quarterly performance. ...
www.laiserin.com/features/issue16/feature03.php

... I guess I would make a b-line for the nearest inhabited planet, one where only warrior males live because their women have all died. ...
www.theromancestudio.com/who10.php

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Note added at 35 mins (2005-04-01 08:32:12 GMT)
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The expression probably comes from the fact that the letter \"B\" is composed of a straight line (|) and two curves. Since the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, then you should \"make a B line\" rather than \"the B curves\" if you want to get somewhere quick.

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Note added at 2 hrs 38 mins (2005-04-01 10:34:50 GMT)
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Thanks to Imane and Mosbadr: The correct expression is \"beeline\", and means, as Imane quotes from Merriam-Webster\'s: a straight direct course (due to the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line). So my translation was correct, but my attempt at an interpretation wasn\'t!
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Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:19
Grading comment
thanks nesrin
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3 +8خط مستقيم
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31 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +8
خط مستقيم


Explanation:

سر في خط مستقيم إلى
or
إذهب مباشرة إلى

I'm not so sure about this (see confidence level), but Google searches for "make/made/makes a B-Line for" seem to indicate that it means "walk a straight line to" or "take a shortcut to". I don't know if I would choose to write سر في خط مستقيم إلى if I had more context and knew what Bourbon street was all about and why the writer was recommending that a B-line be made to it (because it's worth visiting? because the surrounding streets are too dangerous to walk in?).
If you're not too convinced with my answer or any other answer you receive, it may be worth posting the question on the "English" page on Kudoz.

Check the following sites:

Jim Stangier did not make a B-Line for the official opening of the Millennium SkyTrain line over the long weekend. Instead, he chose to attend the Air ...
www.thenownews.com/issues02/091202/news/091202nn6.html

Once you begin to approach the entrance to the Vault you need to just make a b-line for it. Its surrounded by a bunch of a nastiness. ...
www.aclore.com/hol/pilgrimfiles/atlansparkingstone.htm

that they currently face and look at ways to improve their productivity, not make a B-line for their wallets to improve a one-off quarterly performance. ...
www.laiserin.com/features/issue16/feature03.php

... I guess I would make a b-line for the nearest inhabited planet, one where only warrior males live because their women have all died. ...
www.theromancestudio.com/who10.php

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Note added at 35 mins (2005-04-01 08:32:12 GMT)
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The expression probably comes from the fact that the letter \"B\" is composed of a straight line (|) and two curves. Since the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, then you should \"make a B line\" rather than \"the B curves\" if you want to get somewhere quick.

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Note added at 2 hrs 38 mins (2005-04-01 10:34:50 GMT)
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Thanks to Imane and Mosbadr: The correct expression is \"beeline\", and means, as Imane quotes from Merriam-Webster\'s: a straight direct course (due to the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line). So my translation was correct, but my attempt at an interpretation wasn\'t!

Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:19
Native speaker of: Arabic
PRO pts in category: 31
Grading comment
thanks nesrin

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  mosbadr200: Can the b-line stand for 'bee line',i.e., the way the bee flies; it flies straight and fast ?
58 mins
  -> I retract my skepticism! It turns out you're absolutely right!! (see Imane's note below)

agree  Iman Khaireddine: Mosbadr may be right. The "Webster's" defines "beeline" as: a straight direct course (due to the beleif that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line). "To beeline" is to go quickly in a straight course. So it could be يتجهون مباشرة إلى
1 hr
  -> wow, you're right - that didn't occur to me at all!

agree  Mohamed Elsayed
3 hrs

agree  Amal Al-Arfaj
7 hrs

agree  Omar Ghazal
8 hrs

agree  Fuad Yahya
15 hrs

agree  A Nabil Bouitieh
18 hrs

agree  Dina Abdo
1 day 8 hrs

agree  AhmedAMS
6 days
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