draw a bead on

draw a bead on  {v. phr.}  {informal}
1. To aim at; sight (with a gun).
The deer bounded into the forest before the hunters could draw a bead on them.
John drew a bead on the elk, but didn't have the heart to pull the trigger.
2. To take (something) as an aim or goal.
"I'm drawing a bead on the Literary Society president's office," said Tom.
3. To use as a target of attack; criticize.
Whenever a politician makes a mistake, his opponents are ready to draw a bead on him.
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