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get a bead on (someone or something)

1. To aim at someone or something with the sights on a firearm. I managed to get a bead on the enemy sniper but had to wait until I received the order to fire.
2. By extension, to focus one's attention on someone or something so as to deal with or attack him, her, or it. The candidate got a bead on his opponent's poor political record during the debate. The president has pledged to get a bead on the growing problem of adolescent obesity.
3. To thoroughly understand, appreciate, or comprehend someone or something. The team just has to get a bead on the severity of the cyber attack before we can implement any meaningful fixes. I couldn't understand him at first, but I'm finally starting to get a bead on my sister's boyfriend.
See also: bead, get, on

take a bead on (someone or something)

1. To aim at someone or something with the sights on a firearm. I managed to take a bead on the enemy sniper but had to wait until I received the order to fire.
2. By extension, to focus one's attention on someone or something so as to deal with or attack him, her, or it. The candidate took a bead on his opponent's poor political record during the debate. The president has pledged to take a bead on the growing problem of adolescent obesity.
3. To thoroughly understand, appreciate, or comprehend someone or something. The team just has to take a bead on the severity of the cyber attack before we can implement any meaningful fixes. I couldn't understand him at first, but I'm finally starting to take a bead on my sister's boyfriend.
See also: bead, on, take

draw a bead on someone or something

 and get a bead on someone or something 
1. . Lit. to locate someone or something in the sights of a gun. Fred drew a bead on the target and pulled the trigger. The hunter drew a bead on the deer.
2. Fig. to prepare to deal with or obtain someone or something. As soon as I get a bead on how widespread the problem really is, I will set up a meeting about it.
See also: bead, draw, on

draw/take a bead on somebody/something

  (American)
to aim a gun at someone or something He drew a bead on the last truck in line and fired at the fuel tank.
See also: bead, draw, on

draw a bead on

Take careful aim, as in The debater drew a bead on his opponent. This term, dating from about 1830, alludes to the bead on a revolver or rifle, that is, a small knob in the foresight. [c. 1930]
See also: bead, draw, on

bead up

v.
To form into the shape of a bead; come together in droplets: Because I just waxed my car, the rain beaded up its surface as it fell. Sweat started to bead up on my forehead.
See also: bead, up
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There are at least a half-dozen other outlets in the area that cater to beading enthusiasts, and that doesn't include the hundreds of bead artists who sell their creations at craft fairs and other locations.
The manager of the recently opened Azillion Beads in west Eugene, she says beading is only going to get bigger as more people discover how enjoyable it can be.
Guidero, whose family also owns a flagship Azillion Beads store in Bend, says she believes that many people are drawn to beading by the sense of calm it provides.
That's the case with Kendra Francesco of Eugene who started beading four years ago.
Biedron took a beading class, started stringing stones and pearls together and, before long, she was beading every day.
Internet resources: Beading Web sites, such as the one maintained by the magazine Bead & Button (www .
Some stores offer the free use of beading tools to make jewelry on the spot.
To attach the completed bracelet beadwork to the beaded ring beadwork, use the pre-strung rhinestone chains, or regular, very small size regular chains (photo 4 & 4A), that can be found in craft stores, beading stores and on the web.
The connecting chain can be made by beading a thin strip to attach the two pieces together, or string beads on a very strong thread combination (for example, four thicknesses of heavy weight Nymo beading thread).
The beading needles pass very easily through the fabric and the basic construction of the fabric allows for a more stable and sturdy work surface.
Cavian Beads offers customers retail and wholesale supply of beads, findings and tools; handmade jewelry and accessories by local and international artists; weekly educational and hands-on instructional classes and demonstrations; personalized sessions for wedding accessories, birthday parties, school field trips and more; and beading kits, books, magazines and other resources.
They are best used for all types of applique beading including lazy stitch, peyote, rosettes, and wrapping.
Like the beading needles they are numbered according to the size of bead they can be used for.
Like beading needles, the larger the size number the smaller the needle.
Now you can find fashionable twists to this beach-bum favorite: beading, fabrics and different-colored soles.