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A word said to frighten or drive away a person or animal.‘‘Shoo,’ said Mrs Beavis to her girls, and the passage emptied’
- ‘Oh, and if you haven't read the first part, ‘Millie’, shoo!’
Make (a person or animal) go away by waving one's arms at them, saying ‘shoo’, or otherwise acting in a discouraging manner.‘I went to comfort her but she shooed me away’
go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sightView synonyms
- ‘He drags on his cigarette and, as if we hadn't been speaking, raises his eyes to the screens and silently shoos me out of his way.’
- ‘Maggie doesn't hide her animosity towards her father, and despite her daughters' curiosity, shoos him out as fast as she can.’
- ‘In the rocks above the flat roofs, I pass a shepherd girl shooing sheep along the mountainside.’
- ‘Policemen shooed us away from near the lake not out of being perverse but because a great big tree had fallen down and blocked the road.’
- ‘Then I discovered he compensated by eating mostly meat and I shooed him out the door.’
- ‘My mother would screech at my father for being so easily fooled, but he just shooed me along and I was on my way.’
- ‘I spent two years shooing him away and looking at him like he was nuts before I realised he was a drug dealer.’
- ‘She shooed her kids into the play area and came over to sit down on the bench.’
- ‘We tried to help them but she just shooed us out of the way and told us she could do it herself.’
- ‘Finally, a March organizer shooed us along the route as we were falling behind.’
- ‘Ryan scowled at the young man and shooed him away with a wave of his hand.’
- ‘With a swift and playful push, she shooed Daniel out, promising him to take only ten minutes.’
- ‘He shooed the crowds away to give him privacy, then took the Canadian soldier by the arm, led him inside and began washing him off.’
- ‘And you've seen barefoot children being shooed out of a shopping mall by security guards.’
- ‘My teacher shooed him away, but in her red eyes we sensed that he wasn't lying.’
- ‘Waving his hand, he shooed us off before returning to bark at the rest of the class to warm-up.’
- ‘I remember my mother shooing us, silently, into the basement, her grabbing the cast iron skillet and standing to the side of the door.’
- ‘The instructor interrupts his advance, shooing him away.’
- ‘He said he tried to refute a senior police officer briefing reporters, but he was shooed away by other policemen.’
- ‘She shoos me out of her nice clean treatment room and I totter off feeling not exactly relaxed.’
A natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English. The verb use dates from the early 17th century.
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