Definition of shoot in English:



  • 1with object Kill or wound (a person or animal) with a bullet or arrow.

    ‘he was shot in the leg during an armed robbery’
    with object and complement ‘troops shot dead 29 people’
    • ‘He doesn't want to cook birds, much less shoot them with hunting rifles.’
    • ‘One of them, he didn't know which, made a break for it in the car, so Hopkirk shot the other one and gave chase in his Landrover.’
    • ‘Moss's contention that these lands have been manipulated for producing more game to shoot is historically correct, but that is changing too.’
    • ‘Then the commander of the firing squad went forward and shot each in the forehead.’
    • ‘They were cleaning the whole thing out because his wife had shot him and killed him in the bathroom.’
    • ‘The latest to go was in Bolivia, whose president hoped to save himself by having the army shoot several hundred protesters.’
    • ‘He was shot dead with a bullet to his head in the streets of the camp.’
    • ‘It is said that Abraham Lincoln in a dream saw people mourning around his body, a few days before he was shot dead.’
    • ‘One soldier was shot dead and two wounded on Monday as they stood guard outside a weapons depot.’
    • ‘Instead of getting a chance to speak to her mother, she was shot dead by a stranger who accompanied her mother.’
    • ‘She was apparently shot dead while trying to escape when the hostage crisis began last night.’
    • ‘The man, aged in his fifties, was shot in his car by bandits who tried to rob him after a visit to an automatic teller machine.’
    • ‘Organisers of the Hampshire Hunt, at Preston Candover, near Alresford, say one fox was shot dead.’
    • ‘He watched them catch up with him, cut his head open with a rifle butt and shoot him.’
    • ‘Robinson was shot dead even though he could have been wounded and arrested.’
    • ‘Only a few weeks later, as he tried to escape from jail, he was shot and killed.’
    • ‘Except this time, somebody got out of their car and shot one of them to death.’
    • ‘He was shot dead in open court, an early martyr in the struggle against obscurantism.’
    • ‘He had been on a day off when he was shot dead yesterday afternoon (Thursday).’
    • ‘In addition, the other Italian agent, the driver of the car, was shot in the knee after he had got out of the car.’
    gun down, shoot down, mow down, hit, wound, injure, cut down, bring down
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    1. 1.1no object Fire a bullet from a gun or discharge an arrow from a bow.
      ‘he shot at me twice’
      ‘the troops were ordered to shoot to kill’
      with object ‘they shot a volley of arrows into the village’
      • ‘They're young, female and shooting from the hip.’
      • ‘He injured one of them after shooting at their car, yet he walked free from court.’
      • ‘The support troops lived in pretty comfortable camps and rarely got shot at.’
      • ‘The first man takes the rifle and shoots, the second man picks up the rifle when the first man falls and fires the rifle.’
      • ‘Thumbs flick switch from safety to semi on the rifles and you raise your weapons, point and shoot three round bursts at where you think the enemy is, because you haven't seen them yet.’
      • ‘Finally, an author has done some extensive homework instead of shooting from the hip!’
      • ‘I made it to the corner but they opened fire on my first try, and shot at me, so I had to turn back.’
      • ‘As for the man in Miami, we don't even know if the air marshals shot at him with conventional bullets.’
      • ‘Before stepping out of the way of the projectile's path, he managed to shoot!’
      • ‘The kids I see and eat with every day still want to help this country, in spite of getting shot at while doing it.’
      • ‘‘We use it for sniping only, we are not shooting in all directions,’ Safouri said in a telephone interview.’
      • ‘Before he fires the third shot, Janie grabs the hidden rifle and they both shoot at each other.’
      • ‘Whoever was hiding up in the woods shot at them, the bullet sinking into the old wood of the dock.’
      • ‘The army said that troops had shot at an armed man after coming under fire.’
      • ‘The last partisan was struggling to his feet as an awe-struck Nikolai finally regained the wits to lift his rifle and shoot.’
      • ‘If they can randomly shoot at cars and nothing happens to them, we have a security situation which is about to implode.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a man came running up the street and started shooting at the car.’
      • ‘Leroy shot at me, but there had only been one bullet in the gun and it only clicked.’
      • ‘Seiya shot at her but the bullets were absorbed by her shield and sent back at her.’
      • ‘Don't just shoot back with your rifle; blow it apart with the main gun of a tank.’
      fire, fire at, fire on, open fire, open fire at, open fire on, aim at, snipe at, let fly, let fly at, blaze away
      discharge, fire, launch, let off, loose off, let fly, send forth, emit
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    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial Use a firearm with a specified degree of skill.
      ‘we shot well against Spain’
      • ‘He's strong, a good target man; he's got good skills and can shoot, especially with the left.’
      • ‘Why would you want it any different with a handgun, the most difficult firearm to shoot well?’
      • ‘These can be used at different facilities in order to upgrade your fighting, shooting and driving skills.’
      • ‘The main purpose of firearms is not to gather meat or shoot in games, but to defend live and limb.’
      • ‘A variety of styles leads the player from platforming to shooting to racing and so on.’
      • ‘But melding these two types of skills, riding and shooting, is a great combination.’
      • ‘Foresight is the highest degree of creativity: it cannot be learned like shooting or driving.’
      • ‘Your driving, shooting and flying skills progress with the game.’
      • ‘Born without arms or legs, this incredibly agile man used his stumps to ride a horse, fish, eat, and shoot with skill.’
      • ‘Here again, use whatever type firearm you shoot well and feel comfortable with.’
      • ‘But Neale pointed out that in the play-offs, hard work is as much a skill as shooting and skating.’
    3. 1.3 Cause (a gun) to fire.
      ‘I learned to shoot a 9 mm pistol’
      • ‘After the girl tried to leave, Jamilmira shot his gun into the air to scare her.’
      • ‘Michelle had jumped out of the way when the lights left and April shot her gun.’
      • ‘The pair along with Donald Ideson, who shoots air pistols, are due to compete in the Yorkshire County Championships at Bradford in December.’
      • ‘At about 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday local residents saw several small groups of youths shooting air rifles in an area where young children play and people walk their dogs.’
      • ‘When you're shooting two guns at once, your aim flails about wildly in response to the recoil, making it difficult to be accurate.’
      • ‘For example, most males raised in the South have shot a gun before their thirteenth birthday.’
      • ‘Lydiard Park ranger Tom Murawicki said there have been teenagers shooting air rifles and BB guns in the park.’
      • ‘Mr. Henry ran away as their father was shooting a gun at him.’
      • ‘Because the movie depicts children shooting rifles, it has come under fire by certain anti-gun groups.’
      • ‘If you shot a gun and everyone ran away as quickly as possible, the game wouldn't be as enjoyable.’
      • ‘Running for cover and throwing grenades and shooting a machine gun and cursing the enemy is what you've been trained to do your whole life.’
      • ‘My first experience shooting a gun came at age eleven.’
      • ‘If he shot his gun at this angle, he would shoot through my shirt and into the ceiling.’
      • ‘So you never saw him shoot a gun, fire a weapon, right?’
      • ‘The only thing the police could figure of the whole thing was that the guy shooting the gun had been intentionally aiming for him.’
      • ‘Nat aimed the gun at a chipmunk that was sitting on a rock nearby, he shot the gun at it and the chipmunk fell to the ground.’
      • ‘If you think you're tough enough to stomach what we've got to do, or you're good at shooting a gun, then your presence is welcome.’
      • ‘After this another hitman hopped out of a locker and starting shooting a huge shotgun.’
      • ‘She couldn't shoot a gun, but she could start a fire without a problem.’
      • ‘At drop off the teacher shoots a starting gun and I sprint from the building and peel out of the parking lot to go and do things.’
    4. 1.4with object and adverbial Damage or remove (something) with a bullet or missile.
      ‘Guy, shoot their hats off’
      ‘they just missed my radiator and shot away my controls’
      • ‘Marksmen using high-powered rifles should shoot gas cylinders damaged by flames to prevent major disruption, according to fire chiefs.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, right before he pulled the trigger, Nathan shot the gun out of his hand.’
      • ‘It would take too long to even take the time to pull back the receiver and slot a single bullet in to shoot his brains out with.’
      • ‘Shooting a knife thrown at you is significantly more difficult than shooting a missile launched at you.’
      • ‘The suspects first shot the car's left front tire, causing the vehicle to veer and hit a cigarette stall.’
    5. 1.5no object Hunt game with a gun.
      ‘we go to Scotland to shoot every autumn’
      • ‘Some people argue that hunting is more cruel than shooting as some hunts last for 25 miles and up to 8 hours.’
      • ‘What provokes this post is that someone from the church is on the phone right now, mocking me for not being able to shoot or hunt.’
      • ‘The country sports area alongside the lake will include hunting, shooting, fishing and gun dog scurry together with falconry and ferrets and a live smithing competition each day.’
      • ‘The collection will be of enormous interest to anyone who shoots, hunts or fishes.’
      • ‘Snaring has largely been replaced by shooting and 40 riders-and-hounds hunts have been disbanded.’
      • ‘Admittedly, there are a lot of consumer products used by those who hunt and shoot that are only vaguely related to the sport.’
      • ‘He liked jazz, preferred informal dress, didn't much care for hunting and shooting, and was openly contemptuous of red carpets.’
      • ‘Foxes are classified as vermin in law, and their numbers must be controlled, whether by hunting, shooting or trapping.’
      • ‘He will not allow any distractions that may divert from hunting and shooting.’
      • ‘People representing a wide variety of rural pursuits including fox hunting, shooting and coursing were in the middle of Leeds to answer questions from members of the public.’
      • ‘It is an unpleasant irony that this lingering antagonism finds its focus in hunting rather than shooting.’
      • ‘He also enjoyed the outdoor life and all its activities, particularly shooting and hunting.’
      • ‘Fast train travel made the weekend country house party popular for shooting and hunting among the upper classes.’
      • ‘So do we really need the long barrel for the reasonable ranges where we may hunt or shoot?’
      • ‘On the other hand, I know there are a lot of folks living outside Manhattan who hunt or enjoy shooting.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Carlow Regional Game Council has called on all gun club members in the county to cease hunting and shooting until the foot and mouth crisis is resolved.’
      • ‘Throughout his life he maintained an interest in country ways including National Hunt racing, shooting and fly-fishing.’
      • ‘But hang on, aren't hunting, fishing and shooting also businesses?’
      • ‘The author, a farmer who neither shoots nor hunts, explains here why in his view hunting is good for the countryside.’
      • ‘So as bizarre as it may sound to the uninitiated, hunting, shooting and fishing actually promote and sustain the rich bio-diversity that we all admire in the countryside.’
    6. 1.6shoot overno object Shoot game over (an estate or other area of countryside)
      ‘at least 90 per cent of our hunting country is shot over’
      • ‘Actual shooting over grouse moors occurs on very few days per season and not at weekends or on public holidays.’
      • ‘Lead shot should not be used for any shooting over wetlands important for feeding waterfowl.’
      • ‘All had permission to shoot over a wide area with the kind permission of land owners.’
    7. 1.7 Shoot game in or on (an estate, cover, etc.)
      ‘Tom and her brothers were out shooting Ardfeochan’
  • 2Move or cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction.

    no object, with adverbial of direction ‘the car shot forward’
    ‘Ward's hand shot out, grabbing his arm’
    with object and adverbial of direction ‘he would have fallen if Marc hadn't shot out a hand to stop him’
    • ‘Emma suddenly shoots out of her chair and stands so her eyes are mere centimetres from Shannon's.’
    • ‘He suddenly hit the brakes and Prudence shot forward in her seat, bracing herself on the dashboard.’
    • ‘Her words strike a chord deep within me and a sudden chill shoots down my spine.’
    • ‘Her car then shot forward and went over the cliff through the railings between some seating.’
    • ‘He shot forward suddenly, knocking me backwards with a powerful kick to my chest.’
    • ‘She tried to make an escape by brushing past him but his hand suddenly shot out and grabbed her wrist.’
    • ‘Windows and trash cans sped narrowly by as the car accelerated, shooting out of the alleyway and turning sharply just moments before a police car sped up behind them.’
    • ‘As split second shots of her shoot across the screen, we see an enigmatic, dark-haired figure whisked to and fro before our eyes, like a lost ghost in the machine.’
    • ‘Andrew gunned the engine and flipped the sirens on, sending the car shooting forward between the two rows of traffic that pulled aside, obeying the wailing noise.’
    • ‘He surged forward before shooting past Thomas Myhre.’
    • ‘He initially stopped but then Caldwell shot off in the car at speed.’
    • ‘As he shot forward, Jacob had grabbed the fishing pole and he dove across the driving path.’
    • ‘He took another step forward and she shot to her feet, spinning quickly and lunging for the door.’
    • ‘His car then shot forward, hit Mr Skipworth, and then careered into a second parked car.’
    • ‘You won't find a stiffer bottom bracket; the bike shoots forward with every turn of the cranks.’
    • ‘The car suddenly shot out into the left lane and Cherry gasped as he was now driving on the wrong side of the road.’
    • ‘The scraggly arms shot forward and screams fell behind me as Sandra ran in after me.’
    • ‘Cloud looked up at the mountain ahead of them and saw lightning shoot across the area.’
    • ‘Before Mike could do anything, David shot forward and took the book in his hands.’
    • ‘Plant the right foot and a subdued V8 bellow could be heard as it just shoots itself forward, and this happens at any speed.’
    race, hurry, hasten, flash, dash, dart, rush, speed, hurtle, streak, really move, spank along, whirl, whizz, go like lightning, go hell for leather, whoosh, buzz, zoom, swoop, blast, charge
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    1. 2.1with object Direct (a glance, question, or remark) at someone.
      with two objects ‘Luke shot her a quick glance’
      with direct speech ‘‘I can't believe what I'm hearing,’ she shot back’
      • ‘He pointedly shot a questioning glance at Lino, nodding his head towards Mel and Jessica.’
      • ‘Michael recoiled as if the laughter was directed at him and shot a disturbed look at the man behind him.’
      • ‘They slap their fellow males on the back, sprawl across sofas and shoot repeated glances at target females.’
      • ‘She shot a quick glance at Ty, but he was looking the other way, towards the horses.’
      • ‘Then he shot a questioning glance towards his superior, wondering if he should continue.’
      • ‘The first turned deathly pale and shot a quick glance at the other.’
      • ‘I remarked shooting a pointed glance at the stereo where someone was still supposedly singing.’
      • ‘The jeweler glanced up and shot a look at the saleswoman standing beside him.’
      • ‘Then she snapped her head away and shot a quick glance at the rest of the band.’
      • ‘Then after shooting another quick look at her companions, she attached an addendum to her prayer.’
      • ‘When we let go of each other, I was finally aware of the media as they shot questions left and right at dad and me.’
      • ‘With boys and girls shooting questions left, right and centre, the organisers were pushed into defence.’
      • ‘Firearms enthusiasts have shot back at calls for ball bearing guns to be banned.’
      • ‘I shot a questioning look at my twin sister, who just beamed back at me innocently.’
      • ‘Carina gave a weak smile in return and shot a questioning look over at Toni.’
      • ‘Michelle smiled at him and tentatively shot a glance at Grace before replying.’
      • ‘Maddy's lips separated a little bit and she grinned before shooting another quick glance at Carver while replying.’
      • ‘I saw Mother shoot a warning glance over at me from the hedge garden.’
      • ‘He shot a quick glance to Jake, who had the eyes of a hawk sizing up a rabbit.’
      • ‘With the India-New Zealand cricket match in the City, Derek perhaps felt it appropriate to shoot some cricket-related questions.’
      direct, turn, throw, send, dart, bestow, give
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    2. 2.2no object, in imperative Used to invite a comment or question.
      ‘‘May I just ask you one more question?’ ‘Shoot.’’
      • ‘Okay, shoot. But don't ask me who the vice president of India is. I hope you know I don’t really read news papers that much.’
      • ‘Then you say, "now can i ask you a question?", then Dominic says "okay, shoot".’
    3. 2.3no object (of a pain) move with a sharp stabbing sensation.
      ‘Claudia felt a pain shoot through her chest’
      figurative ‘a pang of regret shot through her’
      • ‘I felt pain shoot through my body and a cold felling.’
      • ‘The loosely fitted arm came off, and a blinding pain shot down my own arm.’
      • ‘I groan and sigh in failure, nauseous with pain shooting from my extremities.’
      • ‘By now the pain was shooting from my hip all the way down my leg to a foot that had gone partially numb.’
      • ‘The blood thrummed dully in her eardrums, echoing throughout the caverns and sending pain shooting to her skull.’
      • ‘She clutched her side, feeling a sharp pain shoot through her body.’
      • ‘You may also feel a lump in your throat and intense pain shooting into your ears when you swallow.’
      • ‘I could feel the pain shooting everywhere inside me.’
      • ‘Moments later, I felt a horrible hunger pain shoot through my body.’
      • ‘There was pain shooting from her lower stomach to her head.’
      • ‘However, he was having excruciating electric shock-like pains shooting from his hand to his elbow.’
      • ‘He gasps as pain shoots down his right arm to his wrist and he drops the door stop.’
      • ‘The pain can shoot down your lower back into your buttocks, or down your leg.’
      • ‘Groggy farmers and their families awoke with throats, eyes and lungs seared and burning, pain shooting into their chests.’
      • ‘He could tell by the new pain that shot from his feet to the rest of his leg.’
      • ‘My hip finally realized I'd fallen, sending a pain shooting down my leg.’
      • ‘To make matters even worse, sharp needles of pain were shooting across her eyes and the soup felt like lead in her stomach.’
      • ‘As I reached up to press the elevator button, I winced at the crackling pain shooting down from my shoulder along my arm.’
      • ‘Even worse was that sometimes the pain seemed to shoot into both shoulders.’
      • ‘And, if she sleeps on the right side of her face, she wakes up with pain shooting from near her nose up to her temple.’
    4. 2.4no object Extend sharply in a particular direction.
      ‘a road that seemed to just shoot upwards at a terrifying angle’
      • ‘Kira yelled as a beam of black light erupted from the centre of the Archives, shooting upwards until it was lost in the clouds.’
      • ‘Then it suggests that there be a uniform PDS price virtually at acquisition cost, thus allowing BPL prices to shoot upwards.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, many listed retailers saw profits shoot upwards as well, tripling in some cases.’
      • ‘Players will speed through tracks that twist, turn, loop, corkscrew, shoot upward, drop off, dead end, and more.’
      • ‘Architecturally its bigness was exaggerated by the close spacing of the aluminium structure shooting upwards from the Gothic arches at the base.’
      • ‘A violent gale shot upwards, lifting clots of mud into the air, stirring his clothing and hair.’
      • ‘The ground is shooting upwards, out of the grave, being caught by small, outstretched hands.’
      • ‘Jeff noticed out of the corner of his eye as a patch of sand shot upwards’
      • ‘When your known risk shoots upward based on new knowledge, you either eat the cost or you get subsidized.’
      • ‘With oil and gas prices shooting upward, it's no wonder the sector is filled with profit-gushers.’
      • ‘One city seems to have a giant beam of light shooting upward, visible as a bright phosphorescent glow, and then away, gone.’
      • ‘The water stopped shooting upward and the holes in the walls closed up.’
      • ‘Once things slowed down, retrenchment became a serious business just as health care and education expenses began to shoot upwards.’
      • ‘My reading age shot upwards and I was reading books for eight-, nine-, ten-year-olds within just a couple of years.’
      • ‘Lacking foothills, it appears to shoot straight up into the sky, its jagged granite peaks floating above the clouds.’
      • ‘Sure enough, her father's Gallons Pumped display showed a blur of numbers, shooting ever upwards.’
    5. 2.5with object Move (a bolt) to fasten or unfasten a door.
      ‘she shot the bolt on the bathroom door’
      • ‘The sterling barkeep takes his large key over to the door and locks it, shooting the bolts home with a quiet trepidation.’
      • ‘The effort necessary to shoot a bolt from within a lock is drawn from Houdini the medium, but it must not be thought that this is the only means by which he can escape from his prison.’
      • ‘When he and his mother had gone out into the darkness, my father shut the front door and shot the big brass bolt.’
    6. 2.6with object (of a boat) sweep swiftly down or under (rapids, a waterfall, or a bridge)
      ‘those of you looking for adventure can shoot the rapids’
      • ‘Rowing through a bridge, every sound of the boat echoes, and shooting a bridge adds a burst of power through the boat.’
      • ‘‘It's like balancing an egg on a spoon while shooting the rapids,’ said Graham Hill, the English driver.’
      • ‘In one case, we hiked a little up the Little Colorado River to shoot some rapids ‘body-style’ in our life jackets.’
      • ‘Of course, few things beat the thrill of taking a craft out on the white water and shooting the rapids.’
      • ‘Now it's time to head to the great outdoors and scale a cliff, shoot some rapids or hike to the peak.’
      • ‘It is a river; you can swim from bank to bank, you can shoot the rapids, but you cannot crawl out; if you do, you're dead, like a fish out of water.’
      • ‘I'm trying to hold back a whole raft of feelings, but they keep bobbing and pitching to the surface, threatening to break loose and shoot the rapids once and for all.’
      • ‘They will travel after taking their GCSE's and take part in lots of different sporting activities from tobogganing to shooting the rapids and boat trips to get close to dolphins and whales.’
    7. 2.7informal with object (of a motor vehicle) pass (a traffic light at red)
      ‘drivers could lose their licences for shooting too many red lights’
      • ‘In a train crash in 1990, the driver was held to blame for over-shooting a red light.’
      • ‘I recently received a ticket for shooting a red light in Phoenix, Arizona.’
      • ‘The same week, a very experienced and fit cyclist mate permanently damaged his arm after shooting a red light into the path of an oncoming car.’
    8. 2.8Cricket no object (of a ball) dart along the ground after pitching.
      ‘a ball pitching on that spot would sometimes shoot’
      • ‘The ball shot to the off side.’
      • ‘The ball shot through my legs and we managed to scramble two byes.’
  • 3no object (in football, hockey, basketball, etc.) kick, hit, or throw the ball or puck in an attempt to score a goal.

    ‘Williams twice shot wide’
    with object ‘he shot the ball straight at the goalkeeper’
    • ‘In traffic, great goal scorers still have the ability to shoot the puck and score.’
    • ‘He can dribble, he is not afraid to beat men, and of course he can cross, shoot and take free kicks perfectly-what more could you really want from a midfielder?’
    • ‘In fact, it seems the only reason Kidd shoots is to keep opposing defenses honest.’
    • ‘Morientes shoots, but his feeble effort is no match for Carlo Cudicini.’
    • ‘They are three superb footballers, they can shoot on sight, score from all angles and we are really up against it.’
    • ‘He chested down a cross on the edge of the box, juggled it once on his foot with back to goal, turned and shot with his left.’
    • ‘Johnson ought to have scored the winner later, but shot over the bar.’
    • ‘Into injury time, Portlaoise had claims for a penalty over-ruled when McCormack was blocked as he attempted to shoot for goal.’
    • ‘The first half saw the visitors push forward with Steve McCormick twice shooting wide.’
    • ‘The ball falls to Tugay who shoots narrowly left and wide from inside the box.’
    • ‘There were chances for the opposition to level, especially when Rosicky shot wide from in front of goal.’
    • ‘Free throw shooting, as an uncontested shot, is the only basketball stat that's pure.’
    • ‘Our game plan in the Finals was to take the puck wide, shoot, and go for rebounds.’
    • ‘As the full forward turned to shoot she was blocked by a Wicklow defender.’
    • ‘This is a team that was No.2 in free throw shooting in the regular season.’
    • ‘It's no wonder that eight of the 10 players who had the most trips to the line last season are shooting fewer free throws this year.’
    • ‘I used meditation to help with my free throw shooting.’
    • ‘He's clever inside, shoots really well for his size, and his game is unorthodox enough to throw off the defense.’
    • ‘Allen, at 91.8 percent, is third in the league in free throw shooting.’
    • ‘Ronaldo shoots from the byline and hits the post.’
    1. 3.1informal with object Make (a specified score) for a round of golf.
      ‘in the second round he shot a 65’
      • ‘The Australian shot a final round of 63 for a 26-under-par total of 262 to secure his second win of the season and third European Tour title.’
      • ‘Melissa Nawa improved her game, shooting an amazing six-over-par 78 but Michael Chiluba bowed out of the competition.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, England’s Lee Westwood shot a four-under-par 67 yesterday.’
    2. 3.2North American informal with object Play a game of (pool or dice)
      ‘although we never shot dice, my friends and I played every variation of poker’
      • ‘We went into town and ate, then went to shoot some pool.’
      • ‘The setting was the pool room where me and my boy were shooting some pool (I know I was busy, but I needed a break).’
      • ‘In one of his scenes, the camera focuses in on the band gathered in a circle as if they are shooting dice.’
      • ‘The two plan to use all of their knowledge of cardsharking, pool shooting, and rolling dice at an unprecedented worldwide gathering of hustlers.’
      • ‘Someone calls Elisabeth Irwin's name, and she goes over to shoot some pool.’
      • ‘Once upon a time there was an old artist who loved to shoot pool and play with computers.’
      • ‘The very next night, Dave dropped by the poker room and casually mentioned that he was thinking about going and shooting the dice a bit.’
      • ‘They're nice guys, and perfectly fun to shoot a little pool with, though.’
      • ‘Kevin shot one of the best games of his life, and with Erle right at his heels, Herb and Bob had no chance in the match.’
      • ‘If you suffer from anxiety when you shoot pool, remember that you are not alone.’
      • ‘If you want to shoot pool for the pure joy of it, find a team that shares your attitude.’
      • ‘It showed, as Dale Murphy shot one of the best games of his life coming in with 43 points.’
      • ‘Alex saw Callan shooting pool in the far corner by himself, so decided to join him.’
      • ‘I don't know if he could shoot pool, although I had the feeling finding out could prove expensive.’
      • ‘We went to shoot pool with mutual friends a few times after school and he was always fun to be with.’
      • ‘The scene they walked in on was Larry shooting some pool at his gray and glass pool table with one of his skater friends.’
      • ‘Visitors can choose to simply relax with a glass of beer, shoot some pool, or play a game of darts.’
      • ‘If I'm not shooting some pool, I'm at the nail salon getting a manicure.’
      • ‘So the country saw the diamonds sometimes, but it also saw the small woman with a pint of beer in her hand and liked that; the small woman shooting pool and they liked that.’
      • ‘Show me an accountant that shoots pool, and I'll show you a game that is carefully calculated.’
  • 4with object Film or photograph (a scene, film, etc.)

    ‘she has just been commissioned to shoot a video’
    • ‘The film crew shot a chase scene around Dublin Castle that is featured in the trailer for the film.’
    • ‘I read a lot of scripts and will only shoot feature films if I enjoy the story and like the director, or find them interesting.’
    • ‘The cinematography also does a good job concealing the fact most of the film was shot on soundstages.’
    • ‘The film is set to shoot the desert scenes in Morocco and the interiors in either London or Rome.’
    • ‘He is looking forward to shooting at Castle Howard.’
    • ‘Once all the ingredients are assembled, making a film involves shooting scenes and editing them to create the final sensation.’
    • ‘It was used much like one would use a video camera to shoot a film.’
    • ‘Much of the film is intentionally shot on video tape, so some scenes look grainy and soft.’
    • ‘Next Sunday, the first movie to benefit from the New York-style film office will shoot scenes on Dublin's main thoroughfare, with the help of Gardai.’
    • ‘The film is shot on video, but that's not so obvious as to be a distraction for long.’
    • ‘South Africa, over the last two years, has become a favored new location for shooting feature films.’
    • ‘It was the first film to be shot entirely at London Films' huge new studios at Denham in Buckinghamshire.’
    • ‘It also meant that every sequence in the film could be shot on location, without the need to make the scenes inside the cab look as though they are fake.’
    • ‘I remember two days before the Academy Awards we were shooting the scene in the oil.’
    • ‘Following the arrest of his father and brother, David Friedman purchased a video camera and began shooting scenes of the family nightmare.’
    • ‘He could re-edit the film, shoot additional scenes, design his own ad campaign, and create any kind of come-on.’
    • ‘The 17 to 20-year-olds used their new skills to script, shoot and edit the five-minute pieces.’
    • ‘The film was shot in two-and-a-half weeks, mostly with a digital video camera, using natural light.’
    • ‘To add further excitement, the studio intended to shoot the film in Technicolor, a very new process in 1938.’
    • ‘I will admit as well the scenery of coastal Maine where the film was shot on location was lovely.’
    film, photograph, get a photo of, get a photograph of, take a photo of, take a photograph of, get photographs of, take photographs of, get a picture of, take a picture of, get pictures of, take pictures of, take someone's photo, take someone's picture, get a snap of, get a snapshot of, take a snap of, take a snapshot of, take, snap, capture on celluloid, capture on film, record on celluloid, record on film
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  • 5no object (of a plant or seed) send out buds or shoots; germinate.

    ‘some years one or other plant fails to shoot’
    • ‘Just cut out any new canes that appear to be too short, thin or wimpish to have any likelihood of bearing fruit and even if that leaves a dozen canes shooting from the ground, let them be to bear next year's fruit.’
    • ‘Then they start shooting out seeds, which go a certain distance then fall to the ground and grow.’
    • ‘When Dahlia tubers shoot, divide and plant in a sunny spot in the garden.’
    • ‘Vines were also shooting out at Hadez as he spoke.’
    1. 5.1 (of a bud or shoot) appear; sprout.
      ‘they move up into the stem where they induce buds to shoot’
      • ‘Spiky vines shot out of the grass.’
      • ‘Near the base each cord has a short branch shooting upward on its right side.’
      • ‘I pictured the vines shooting out and finally felt the warmth that meant the magic was coming.’
      sprout, put forth shoots, put forth buds, bud, burgeon, germinate
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  • 6informal with object Inject oneself or another person with (a narcotic drug)

    ‘he shot dope into his arm’
    • ‘In addition, there were frequent public outcries over the users' behaviors, such as shooting their drugs openly in public places.’
    • ‘But they also beg the question, why don't all people drink excessively, gamble away their savings, and shoot heroin?’
    • ‘I was shooting drugs and drinking liquor and it just killed my liver and turned me into an ugly drunk.’
    • ‘When not losing money in seedy gambling dens or making wisecracks about chaos theory, he's shooting heroin.’
    • ‘In the last three weeks, up to 25 drug users have come here every night to shoot heroin and cocaine into their veins.’
    • ‘And while the woman did shoot heroin, she also shot a lot of cocaine.’
    • ‘First Johnny, then Jerry started shooting heroin; I noticed changes in their appearance and behavior.’
    • ‘During the waiting period many returned to shooting heroin.’
    • ‘I knew I couldn't continue shooting heroin forever, and I know now that I can never be addicted again.’
    • ‘They hear scary tales about sniffing glue, popping pills and shooting heroin.’
    administer, introduce
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  • 7with object Plane (the edge of a board) accurately.

    ‘I shot the longer edge down on the planer’
    • ‘Shoot the edges perfectly straight, true, and square, or at right angles to the face side.’
    • ‘The weight is really a plus when shooting hard and/or thick material.’


  • 1A young branch or sucker springing from the main stock of a tree or other plant.

    ‘he nipped off the new shoots that grew where the leaves joined the stems’
    • ‘Look for instance at plants: vandalized trees send out new shoots, grass grows on rubbish dumps, flowers spring up in scrap yards.’
    • ‘In spring the young leaf shoots are used to garnish all kinds of food.’
    • ‘Three similar branches, shoots or tillers per plant were selected for the three treatments.’
    • ‘The rice rats would typically eat through the outer sheaths of the stem near the base of the plants in order to reach the young shoots growing inside.’
    • ‘Young trees produce many long shoots, which should contribute to rapid crown construction and height growth.’
    • ‘These buds may have developed into plagiotropic branches or orthotropic epicormic shoots.’
    • ‘Gemmotherapy consists of herbal remedies made from the buds or shoots of young plants.’
    • ‘Tiny flowers may appear in late summer - pinch off the blooms and growing shoots of young plants to maintain foliage colour and encourage bushiness.’
    • ‘One leaf was collected from short shoots of three trees per each of clone, provenance or origin at stages 1, 3 and 5 of leaf development.’
    • ‘Leaf and stem tissue from young, newly developed shoots was used as explant tissue for plant transformation as follows.’
    • ‘Similarly, clipping shoots of Artemisia plants did not reduce resprouting relative to unclipped control plants.’
    • ‘The sexual type of all flowers produced in each inflorescence on all shoots of these plants was monitored and recorded throughout the 2001 flowering period.’
    • ‘In mature Juglans regia trees, female flowering is apical on spring shoots.’
    • ‘Plant shoots were harvested in July, August, and November 1993.’
    • ‘Separate two to three young roots and shoots from the main plant every 4 to 5 years.’
    • ‘At the first stages of development, the availability of embryos results from a combination of main shoots and primary tillers.’
    • ‘The plants had defective shoot apical meristems and grew slowly in vitro.’
    • ‘The shoots of all plants were cut back to about 20-25 cm above the soil.’
    • ‘In addition, camels and cattle browse young shoots of this tree, thus limiting its development and possibilities of regeneration.’
    • ‘Pinching out the shoot tips after young plants have finished flowering is a good way of making them bush out.’
    sprout, offshoot, scion, sucker, bud, spear, runner, tendril, sprig, cutting
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  • 2An occasion when a group of people hunt and shoot game for sport.

    ‘a grouse shoot’
    • ‘It featured a sporting clay shoot, guided hunts for pheasant and quail and a celebrity dinner with live and silent auctions.’
    • ‘No shoot has been organised on his land for the Glorious Twelfth - the start of the grouse shooting today.’
    • ‘Mr Robertshaw, a retired farmer, said he would continue to allow the shooting rights and the footpath could be closed on those three to four occasions a year when the shoot was held.’
    • ‘The Lords and ladies would be put up at the Devonshire Arms Hotel at Bolton Abbey before the pheasant and grouse shoots.’
    • ‘At the Buccleuch estate in Nithsdale a dearth of grouse forced yesterday's traditional start of the season shoot to be cancelled and rearranged for later this month.’
    • ‘Grouse and partridge shoots are run separately.’
    • ‘The event was a laser clay pigeon shoot at a holiday resort.’
    • ‘Professional beaters will be called in by Bradford Council to drive birds on to privately-owned adjoining moors where grouse shoots still take place.’
    • ‘Grimond was adopted as candidate for Orkney and Shetland, having only seen the cliffs of Hoy while in Caithness on a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘One or two of the dialogue scenes, in particular the one showing international war-profiteers enjoying a grouse shoot, have a dated, agitprop feel.’
    • ‘In the first, the applicant S took part in a protest against a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘Barry Atkinson carried out a record 148 days' worth of beating - or flushing out birds - at grouse, partridge and pheasant shoots.’
    • ‘We were in Mandir Niwas, which in the days of the royal shoots was the reception area for the visiting dignitaries because it was closest to the station.’
    • ‘It's even more excessive than a bunch of City investment bankers on a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘In winter, hunters come for the wild game shoots, which explains the rifles on the wall and the disparate taxidermy.’
    • ‘Is modern quick-drying nylon appropriate wear on a formal occasion such as a shoot, in any circumstances?’
    • ‘The opportunities for travel have been regular and tantalising - from grouse shoots in Scotland to gun wielding in darkest Africa.’
    • ‘Out in the Australian wilderness and the wide-open spaces, the only equivalent to a fox hunt that I can think of is a kangaroo shoot.’
    • ‘Here's a romantic view of a grouse shoot on Beamsley Beacon by Turner.’
    • ‘Four basic dove-hunting options are available: grain fields, roost brush, water holes and pass shoots.’
    1. 2.1British An area of land used for shooting game.
      ‘we rented a rough shoot of about a thousand acres’
      • ‘The game shoots of the area supply plenty of pheasant in season, but other game, such as grouse, has suffered due to a succession of wet winters.’
      • ‘Game farmers hatch out eggs and day old chicks or poults are delivered to the shoot depending on the model they are operating.’
      • ‘There is another similar shoot up the same valley.’
    2. 2.2 A shooting match.
      ‘activities include a weekly rifle shoot’
      • ‘I also agree that Victoria has been jobbing, due to the fact that if there were a shoot match, the outcome would likely be much different.’
      • ‘He won the 2002 air rifle world title in a nerve-wracking shoot off with Jie Li of China.’
      • ‘A general meeting held recently, the last before the annual clay pigeon shoot to finalise arrangements.’
      • ‘Burridge will now compete with the top 20 scorers in a shoulder-to-shoulder shoot at Bookham Rifle Club on April 6.’
      • ‘Rangers from across the Baffin compete in a rifle shoot competition held during the exercises’
      • ‘The races test competitors' teamwork skills, skiing and physical and mental strength as well as accuracy in the rifle shoot.’
      • ‘On Sunday, the Classic Calibre Lever Action Postal Rifle shoot is at the SSAA range, Rifle Range Rd, Casino.’
  • 3An occasion when a professional photographer takes photographs or when a film or video is being made.

    ‘a photo shoot’
    ‘a fashion shoot’
    • ‘In Goa, according to Pooja, it was one big party during the shoot.’
    • ‘And during the shoot in Norway, John risked his life by performing a series of extreme stunts on ice.’
    • ‘The shoot was marred by protesters shutting down production at one point.’
    • ‘Eventually they finished their shoot and everyone headed back for lunch, which is when we got the change to interview Sid Haig.’
    • ‘Still she performed like a trooper and actually did the shoot so kudos to her.’
    • ‘In each town, the women in the show are first brought together a day or two before the shoot for an ‘ice-breaking session’.’
    • ‘Debbie maintained that depth of emotion in her performance throughout the shoot.’
    • ‘Café manager Georgina Galley said Warner Brothers crews used to come into the Ive Café for meals before shoots.’
    • ‘She was his least favorite make up artist but also the only one able to come in for the special shoot today for their interviews.’
    • ‘The most common sight in southern California these days isn't a movie shoot or a beach party.’
    • ‘Based on what I have learned from past experiences, here are some pointers to make the most of your camp's video or photography shoot.’
    • ‘Today, she even got back from a shoot having stopped off to buy me lunch because she was worried that I was working too hard and not eating enough.’
    • ‘The Rajaji Hall courtyard was abuzz with activity since morning, as hundreds of junior artistes gathered for the shoot.’
    • ‘Take in 300-500 grams of carbs divided among four to seven meals starting the day before your shoot.’
    • ‘As far as he's concerned, his own sexuality is irrelevant to the shoot.’
    • ‘The editing process, and the shoot, took longer than I'm used to, but that's how it happened.’
    • ‘Yao says he plans to spend less time on commercial shoots and more time working on his game or resting.’
    • ‘Pre-production planning of a motion capture shoot for a game is a very difficult and important process.’
    • ‘It may be an unusual combination, but the two pursuits don't necessarily conflict, except when Ciara turns up for a fashion shoot sporting a few cuts and bruises.’
    • ‘‘The rest of the week, I have modeling shoots and press conferences,’ she said.’
  • 4

    variant spelling of chute
  • 5A rapid in a stream.

    ‘follow the portages that skirt all nine shoots of whitewater’
    • ‘I swooshed down the shoot and collided with the wave from the bowl.’
    • ‘However, we still had one more spot of whitewater to hit: the shoot of Death.’


North American
  • Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’

    ‘shoot, it was a great day to be alive’
    • ‘Now, a story about ‘a boy from the hood making good’ may not sound so miraculous to you; shoot, it may even sound easily obtainable we heard it so much.’
    • ‘The longer races are natural for me because - shoot! - I got my early training chasing the bicycle team around town.’
    • ‘But if they do go well - shoot, even if the teams falter a bit - there will be cheering.’
    • ‘Lots of them know what a great lift this is - shoot, we write about sports.’
    • ‘I ran out my door, slamming it, so I'd wake up all the neighbors; shoot, only one light turned on.’
    damn, damnation, blast, hell, heck, gordon bennett
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  • shoot the breeze (or the bull)

    • informal Have a casual conversation.

      ‘we've been shooting the breeze for well over an hour now’
      • ‘‘Jon and I would just sit in the tent with the microphone between us and start shooting the breeze,’ says Liesl Clark.’
      • ‘Firstly, these kids were attending Sandringham Church, not shooting the breeze in some Internet chat room or hanging round a bus-stop and smoking.’
      • ‘We were just two unemployed guys who once worked together - shooting the breeze, telling war stories.’
      • ‘Have a chat, shoot the breeze, raise a glass to them.’
      • ‘He tilts his head back, sucks on his wad of tobacco, and grins at the handful of patrons shooting pool and shooting the breeze with him.’
      • ‘Last I heard, Bellows was heading out to New York to help start a new magazine, while still shooting the bull about creating a newspaper in Los Angeles.’
      • ‘Above the thunderous whir of the aircraft rotors, Nelson and his buddies yelled back and forth, shooting the bull as the copter lifted off.’
      • ‘On both occasions I visited, regulars drifted in and out to shoot the breeze at the counter with the owner.’
      • ‘My wife went up to bed, and I stayed up with my dad shooting the breeze over cocktails and agreeing about things.’
      • ‘There are five fellows in the place just shooting the bull.’
      talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather
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  • shoot one's cuffs

    • Pull one's shirt cuffs out to project beyond the cuffs of one's jacket or coat.

      • ‘And it's time we shrug, let them run out of the theater, straighten our collars and shoot our cuffs, and enter from the wings to do exactly the job we know needs to be done.’
      • ‘I threw back my shoulders, shot my cuffs, and started to drift.’
      • ‘When he adjusted his waistcoat or shot his cuffs, dragons of unreason gasped and died at his feet.’
      • ‘At that point he would shoot his cuffs and saunter cockily back to me.’
      • ‘He took a last look in the mirror, fixed his tie, shot his cuffs and puffed out his chest.’
      • ‘Edward took the time to straighten his tie and shoot his cuffs.’
      • ‘In front of the full-length mirror on the inside of my closet door, I straightened my trouser legs, sleeves, shoulders, collar, and tie, and shot my cuffs.’
      • ‘‘Let the boys across the aisle do the talking,’ he would say, smiling dreamily as he shot his cuffs.’
      • ‘We bade the ladies a good morning, touched our caps, shot our cuffs and nipped up the hill towards the Bar on the track.’
      • ‘At one point in every telecast, he would shoot his cuffs, lean forward and appear to address each and every Canadian personally.’
  • shoot from the hip

    • informal React without careful consideration of one's words or actions.

      ‘he is shooting from the hip in an act of political desperation’
      • ‘He shoots from the hip, is amusing and mostly correct.’
      • ‘In the book he shoots from the hip and rides roughshod over reputations, holding a modicum of his once monumental power and relishing it.’
      • ‘Elaine shot from the hip, which often got her into hot water but she is a huge loss.’
      • ‘He is a competitive guy who shoots from the hip and commands huge respect from his players.’
      • ‘Though not averse to speaking out on a range of controversial subjects, Mahathir rarely just shoots from the hip.’
      • ‘To some he is difficult to take seriously, and he may come across as the sort who shoots from the hip with little thought for the consequences.’
      • ‘I know that she shoots from the hip and is liable to provoke righteous indignation.’
      • ‘With that in mind, I have shot from the hip and dared people to respond.’
      • ‘He doesn't shoot from the hip but takes a more considered approach and would rather explain to people why he holds the views he holds than intimidate them to his point of view.’
      • ‘That's the good hard - nosed view, typical of the minister who prides himself as a man who shoots from the hip.’
  • shoot oneself in the foot

    • informal Inadvertently make a situation worse for oneself.

      ‘the company must stop shooting itself in the foot if it wants to get over its troubles’
      • ‘In my view, they've already shot themselves in the foot.’
      • ‘The alphabet organisations shot themselves in the foot because of their greed.’
      • ‘Some Norwegians think the Nobel Peace Prize committee have shot themselves in the foot by awarding it for tree-planting.’
      • ‘We think they have shot themselves in the foot with this.’
      • ‘But the days when it was mopping up loans attracting 14% of new lending while watching from the sidelines as its competitors routinely shot themselves in the foot, unable to lend any money at all, have gone.’
      • ‘We shot ourselves in the foot and basically we only have ourselves to blame.’
      • ‘If the customers don't come with you, then you have shot yourself in the foot.’
      • ‘The feedback I have heard has all been negative, so they seem to have shot themselves in the foot.’
      • ‘The truth is that cable news executives shot themselves in the foot by surrendering to something that looks and feels like news but isn't really.’
      • ‘Their season has been riddled with basic errors at the back and once more they shot themselves in the foot when they presented Kildare with a goal to help them to victory.’
  • shoot it out

    • informal Engage in a decisive confrontation, typically a gun battle.

      ‘I was forced to shoot it out with detectives before being overpowered’
      • ‘Of course, eventually the robbers enter the bank, shoot it out with the FBI, and Conway gets shot.’
      • ‘Very few of these cowards shoot it out with the cops.’
      • ‘This might work, but if your adversary has made up his mind to fight or shoot it out, I don't think intimidation will be much of a factor.’
      • ‘He shot it out with the cop, who got off a single round from his newly issued Glock 17 before his service pistol jammed.’
      • ‘A tiny handful, from the banned far-right parties, may try to shoot it out with the army.’
      • ‘When two Austrians disagree, they do not shoot it out; rather, each of them tries to come up with a better argument next time, but usually the disagreements remain.’
      • ‘And the number of armed thugs willing to shoot it out with coalition troops is quite small.’
      • ‘Some of the elements of the gangster genre, such as the criminal holed up in his lair shooting it out with the cops, are here for the first time.’
      • ‘Why did he not use his pistol to shoot it out with his captors or to kill himself?’
      • ‘The guys you are about to see also know what it's like to shoot it out with a bad guy.’
  • shoot a line

    • informal Describe something in an exaggerated or untruthful way.

      ‘he never shot a line about his escapades’
      • ‘My kids think that I am shooting a line when I say what a great time I had.’
      • ‘I suppose it is possible that he was ‘shooting a line’ to the Manager which was then recorded.’
      • ‘I said, "You no doubt have done your bit in the Home Guard but it was a good job that you had blokes like us to win the war for you." I was certainly shooting a line.’
      overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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  • shoot one's mouth off

    • informal Talk boastfully or indiscreetly.

      ‘we don't go shooting our mouths off saying that we're the best band in Britain’
      • ‘In other words, after he'd shot his mouth off, Hodges remembered that he signed off on the grounding.’
      • ‘India cannot afford a prime minister who shoots his mouth off on sensitive issues and then issues tedious clarifications two days later.’
      • ‘I hated the way she shot her mouth off constantly to get media attention.’
      • ‘If he has evidence that ties Novak into it after he shot his mouth off then that's a real cover-up.’
      • ‘Her eldest son might be kind to trees, or he might be a meddling buffoon who thinks it his birthright to have the rest of us jump to it whenever he shoots his mouth off.’
      • ‘So if you feel like shooting your mouth off, don't.’
      • ‘If anything, I shot my mouth off when I probably shouldn't have.’
      • ‘It was his lawyer who shot his mouth off and gave Cooper the opportunity to claim he'd been released.’
      • ‘As one who has shot her mouth off while in the throes of a mental breakdown, I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer that truthfully.’
      • ‘He wasn't very telegenic; he shot his mouth off; he said things other candidates were too afraid to say.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • shoot someone/something down

    • 1Bring down an aircraft or missile by shooting at it.

      ‘their helicopter was shot down by an air-to-air missile’
      • ‘This excludes any possibility for the supposed Earth-based attacker to shoot it down with existing land-to-air missiles, as none of them are able to reach the height of even close to 40 miles.’
      • ‘The TMD system is intended to detect with satellites ballistic missiles flying within a 3,000-kilometer radius and to shoot them down with missiles.’
      • ‘Pilots who approach the zone will be told that if they enter it they will be shot down.’
      • ‘There has been speculation that the plane which went down in Pennsylvania was shot down by US Air Force fighters scrambled to track it.’
      • ‘As often happens at critical moments, unanticipated circumstances interfered with shooting the aircraft down during the Central Asian leg of its overflight of the USSR.’
      • ‘The footage also showed that flight patterns were found for aircraft, along with plans and instructions for how to shoot them down.’
      • ‘As the summer progresses and multiple German attacks arrive every day, many German planes are shot down, but British losses of planes and particularly pilots become critical.’
      • ‘Through the windows you could see the Scuds arcing over the city and the Patriot missiles trying to shoot them down.’
      • ‘During one attack a Scud missile was shot down overhead and the wreckage was left in his camp for three days.’
      • ‘I know probably how these individuals felt to some extent before they were shot down and lost their lives.’
      1. 1.1Kill or wound someone by shooting them, especially in a ruthless way.
        ‘troops shot down 28 demonstrators’
        • ‘I also had a go at shooting the cans down twice.’
        • ‘Bill Quick is the guy who tells Winer that the group should shoot the murdering creature down before it kills them all.’
        • ‘For years, such peacekeepers, whether in Srebenica or Mogadishu, wielded no power and commanded less respect as women and children were shot down in their presence.’
        • ‘The first wave of soldiers guarding the base was shot down easily, having not been prepared for an attack.’
        • ‘There are the five who died in Basra over the weekend, where it is widely assumed that they were shot down by enemy fire, though that still needs officially to be confirmed.’
        • ‘Within the next few minutes a dozen more people were shot down and many wounded.’
        • ‘When a few tried to escape they were shot down on the spot and their bodies thrown into the canal.’
        • ‘Martial law was proclaimed, and robbers were shot down without mercy.’
        • ‘In the last 48 hours, hundreds of civilians have been shot down on the roadways, in their homes, on their farms.’
        • ‘A crowd of Frenchmen started to swarm across, as the ships locked in deadly combat, but they were shot down.’
        gun down, shoot down, mow down, hit, wound, injure, cut down, bring down
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      2. 1.2Crush someone or their opinions by forceful criticism.
        ‘she tried to argue and got shot down in flames for her trouble’
        • ‘‘We didn't think we would be shot down so early on in the game,’ said dad.’
        • ‘As for his competitors' criticism, Charlton shoots it down as sour grapes.’
        • ‘More than a year before his dream for the North was shot down in flames, Ministers were warned in focus group research that scepticism in the three Northern regions was rife.’
        • ‘I voiced my opinion after an hour of internal deliberation, but it was shot down and ignored faster than I could blink.’
        • ‘She shoots me down like a spotty teenager with a crush.’
        • ‘Both you and Rex Kerr were much nicer to it than Pim who, in my opinion, sought merely to shoot it down.’
        • ‘His aspirations are lofty, yet he has displayed a lack of reverence towards the NFL that means there are already many who hope his aim of winning a Super Bowl is shot down in flames.’
        • ‘When they applied for much needed funding for sporting facilities they were shot down despite the fact that they are deserving cases.’
        • ‘Bolton's hopes of completing a double over Manchester United were shot down in flames as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fired the Reds to a 4-0 win at the Reebok Stadium.’
        • ‘But the unfair attacks on Frist were shot down very quickly.’
  • shoot through

    • Leave, typically to escape from or avoid someone or something.

      ‘me wife's shot through and I can't pay the rent’
      • ‘Hood was put in charge of the ferry service and the story is that he took the funds, hid them and shot through.’
      • ‘After his return, he heads for the fairways reluctantly, when a mysterious caddy appears from nowhere, dispenses sage advice and promptly shoots through.’
      • ‘We eventually shoot through close to 7pm and arrive in Wellington around 1am.’
      • ‘I know you're traumatised, I know you're in trouble, I know you're upset but I'm shooting through.’
      • ‘When I got back to the office the guy from Chubb was in the building testing the fire alarms, which gave me all the excuse I needed to shoot through.’
      • ‘If he was so inclined he could shoot through and set up a second hand bookshop that would put some competitors to shame.’
      • ‘Money making people should wake up or shoot through.’
  • shoot up

    • 1(especially of a child) grow taller rapidly.

      ‘when she hit thirteen she shot up to a startling 5 foot 9’
      • ‘Matt and Ashlee pointed the tip of the sword at the bird's chest and a beam of light shot up and hit the animal.’
      • ‘‘They've got a picture of a nine-month-old baby and got computer graphics to make it look like it's shooting up,’ says Braithwaite, growing louder by the second.’
      • ‘Drab high-rise, shoddily constructed buildings in poorly designed developments have shot up everywhere.’
      • ‘Looking at Eric this morning, we both don't think he's grown much in the last couple of weeks; he shot up after the first week but now seems to have stalled.’
      • ‘In the spring it just starts shooting up like crazy.’
      • ‘He lifted his hand in attempt to move the stick and the entire table shot up, hit the ceiling, and crashed back down to the floor.’
      • ‘The torch was lowered but this time instead of the wood slowly catching fire, the wood enflamed rapidly and shot up sky high.’
      • ‘Realising her foot was firmly stuck she yanked firmly on her foot; it shot up like a spring.’
      • ‘At the end of the three-day spell that Delhiites like to describe as spring, the mercury shoots up towards the mid-40s on the Celsius scale.’
      • ‘The ball seats two and shoots up 70 metres on its springs.’
      1. 1.1(of a price or amount) rise suddenly.
        ‘the price of milk had shot up’
        • ‘Across Africa and Latin America millions of people will suffer as heating and cooking fuel costs rise and the price of food shoots up.’
        • ‘I read in the news that milk prices will be shooting up about 50 cents a gallon.’
        • ‘Then the price suddenly shot up, and the options vested within a few months.’
        • ‘Prices have shot up to $40 a barrel and are set to rise further.’
        • ‘The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Winston's body.’
        • ‘The price shoots up for larger sites in sought-after locations with pre-approved planning.’
        • ‘In fact, the value of all these paintings shoots up to unimaginable rates as they grow older and older.’
        • ‘She said the number of emergency patients admitted to the hospital has shot up, reaching a figure of 1,600 in March.’
        • ‘Sales of computer peripherals steadily grew in 1999 as PC sales shot up, and experts predict a continued growth this year.’
        • ‘The number shot up to 600 in the developers' first proposals and then increased again to the present 720 for the planning application last year.’
        rise, go up, leap up, soar, surge
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  • shoot someone/something up

    • 1Cause great damage to something by shooting.

      ‘the police shot up our building’
      • ‘He was bounced by an enemy fighter and the tail of his plane was shot up, but he escaped with his life, and landed back at RAF Hornchurch.’
      • ‘On 4 May 1945 he was killed when his car was shot up by a British aircraft.’
      • ‘He later went out to film the damage and was following a taxi that looked like it had been shot up with a machine-gun.’
      • ‘Some lunatic called in saying he will shoot the building up.’
      • ‘Several of our planes were shot up, but all the pilots returned uninjured.’
      • ‘Virtually every car was banged up; windows were smashed, tires were shot up, radios stolen and the equipment and tools were scattered on the ground.’
      • ‘In the early part of the day it had been shot up by the enemy air force.’
      • ‘You know, they could have shot him up, but it would have damaged forever the shrine, and that was an untenable situation politically in the world.’
      • ‘It's anyone's guess how these people were allowed to show up at the school waving guns, ready to storm inside the building and shoot the place up.’
      • ‘Julie aimed her guns and shot them up, hitting each one in the head a ton.’
    • 2Inject oneself (or someone else) with a narcotic drug.

      ‘she went home and shot up alone in her room’
      ‘shoot people up with the new chemical and see what happens’
      • ‘The highs didn't last as long and he decided to try shooting up.’
      • ‘Mentally, I tried to tell Father Malachi to shoot me up with more of his drugs.’
      • ‘He was also involved in the drug scene, and even shot his roosters up with speed every time he fought them.’
      • ‘However, research has shown that xanax shooting up does indeed increase food intake.’
      • ‘What I need is for someone to shoot me up with a hypodermic needle filled with hope.’
      • ‘You only thought you did because they shot you up with drugs back then.’
      • ‘I said rubbing my forehead, ‘Unless you can go about shooting people up with Motrin, I suggest you leave me alone today.’’


Old English scēotan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schieten and German schiessen, also to sheet, shot, and shut.