Definition of shoot in English:



  • 1[with 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 was shot dead in open court, an early martyr in the struggle against obscurantism.’
    • ‘Instead of getting a chance to speak to her mother, she was shot dead by a stranger who accompanied her mother.’
    • ‘Organisers of the Hampshire Hunt, at Preston Candover, near Alresford, say one fox was shot dead.’
    • ‘Only a few weeks later, as he tried to escape from jail, he was shot and killed.’
    • ‘One soldier was shot dead and two wounded on Monday as they stood guard outside a weapons depot.’
    • ‘In addition, the other Italian agent, the driver of the car, was shot in the knee after he had got out of the car.’
    • ‘He had been on a day off when he was shot dead yesterday afternoon (Thursday).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were cleaning the whole thing out because his wife had shot him and killed him in the bathroom.’
    • ‘Then the commander of the firing squad went forward and shot each in the forehead.’
    • ‘She was apparently shot dead while trying to escape when the hostage crisis began last night.’
    • ‘He doesn't want to cook birds, much less shoot them with hunting rifles.’
    • ‘Moss's contention that these lands have been manipulated for producing more game to shoot is historically correct, but that is changing too.’
    • ‘Robinson was shot dead even though he could have been wounded and arrested.’
    • ‘The latest to go was in Bolivia, whose president hoped to save himself by having the army shoot several hundred protesters.’
    • ‘It is said that Abraham Lincoln in a dream saw people mourning around his body, a few days before he was shot dead.’
    • ‘He was shot dead with a bullet to his head in the streets of the camp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He watched them catch up with him, cut his head open with a rifle butt and shoot him.’
    • ‘Except this time, somebody got out of their car and shot one of them to death.’
    gun down, shoot down, mow down, hit, wound, injure, cut down, bring down
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    1. 1.1[no 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’
      • ‘Don't just shoot back with your rifle; blow it apart with the main gun of a tank.’
      • ‘Leroy shot at me, but there had only been one bullet in the gun and it only clicked.’
      • ‘Before he fires the third shot, Janie grabs the hidden rifle and they both shoot at each other.’
      • ‘The first man takes the rifle and shoots, the second man picks up the rifle when the first man falls and fires the rifle.’
      • ‘Seiya shot at her but the bullets were absorbed by her shield and sent back at her.’
      • ‘‘We use it for sniping only, we are not shooting in all directions,’ Safouri said in a telephone interview.’
      • ‘The last partisan was struggling to his feet as an awe-struck Nikolai finally regained the wits to lift his rifle and shoot.’
      • ‘The support troops lived in pretty comfortable camps and rarely got shot at.’
      • ‘If they can randomly shoot at cars and nothing happens to them, we have a security situation which is about to implode.’
      • ‘The kids I see and eat with every day still want to help this country, in spite of getting shot at while doing it.’
      • ‘Whoever was hiding up in the woods shot at them, the bullet sinking into the old wood of the dock.’
      • ‘They're young, female and shooting from the hip.’
      • ‘Suddenly, a man came running up the street and started shooting at the car.’
      • ‘The army said that troops had shot at an armed man after coming under fire.’
      • ‘Finally, an author has done some extensive homework instead of shooting from the hip!’
      • ‘Before stepping out of the way of the projectile's path, he managed to shoot!’
      • ‘As for the man in Miami, we don't even know if the air marshals shot at him with conventional bullets.’
      • ‘He injured one of them after shooting at their car, yet he walked free from court.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I made it to the corner but they opened fire on my first try, and shot at me, so I had to turn back.’
      fire, fire at, fire on, open fire, open fire at, open fire on, aim at, snipe at, blaze away
      discharge, fire, launch, let off, loose off, let fly, send forth, emit
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    2. 1.2Cause (a gun) to fire.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After this another hitman hopped out of a locker and starting shooting a huge shotgun.’
      • ‘Michelle had jumped out of the way when the lights left and April shot her gun.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For example, most males raised in the South have shot a gun before their thirteenth birthday.’
      • ‘So you never saw him shoot a gun, fire a weapon, right?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After the girl tried to leave, Jamilmira shot his gun into the air to scare her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pair along with Donald Ideson, who shoots air pistols, are due to compete in the Yorkshire County Championships at Bradford in December.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The only thing the police could figure of the whole thing was that the guy shooting the gun had been intentionally aiming for him.’
      • ‘She couldn't shoot a gun, but she could start a fire without a problem.’
      • ‘My first experience shooting a gun came at age eleven.’
      • ‘When you're shooting two guns at once, your aim flails about wildly in response to the recoil, making it difficult to be accurate.’
      • ‘If he shot his gun at this angle, he would shoot through my shirt and into the ceiling.’
    3. 1.3Damage 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.’
    4. 1.4[no object]Hunt game with a gun.
      ‘we go to Scotland to shoot every autumn’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will not allow any distractions that may divert from hunting and shooting.’
      • ‘The author, a farmer who neither shoots nor hunts, explains here why in his view hunting is good for the countryside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Throughout his life he maintained an interest in country ways including National Hunt racing, shooting and fly-fishing.’
      • ‘Foxes are classified as vermin in law, and their numbers must be controlled, whether by hunting, shooting or trapping.’
      • ‘The collection will be of enormous interest to anyone who shoots, hunts or fishes.’
      • ‘Fast train travel made the weekend country house party popular for shooting and hunting among the upper classes.’
      • ‘Snaring has largely been replaced by shooting and 40 riders-and-hounds hunts have been disbanded.’
      • ‘It is an unpleasant irony that this lingering antagonism finds its focus in hunting rather than shooting.’
      • ‘He liked jazz, preferred informal dress, didn't much care for hunting and shooting, and was openly contemptuous of red carpets.’
      • ‘Some people argue that hunting is more cruel than shooting as some hunts last for 25 miles and up to 8 hours.’
      • ‘He also enjoyed the outdoor life and all its activities, particularly shooting and hunting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Admittedly, there are a lot of consumer products used by those who hunt and shoot that are only vaguely related to the sport.’
      • ‘So do we really need the long barrel for the reasonable ranges where we may hunt or shoot?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But hang on, aren't hunting, fishing and shooting also businesses?’
      • ‘On the other hand, I know there are a lot of folks living outside Manhattan who hunt or enjoy shooting.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5[no object]Shoot game over (an estate or other area of countryside)
      ‘at least 90 per cent of our hunting country is shot over’
      • ‘All had permission to shoot over a wide area with the kind permission of land owners.’
      • ‘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.’
    6. 1.6Shoot game in or on (an estate, cover, etc.)
      ‘Tom and her brothers were out shooting Ardfeochan’
  • 2[no object] 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plant the right foot and a subdued V8 bellow could be heard as it just shoots itself forward, and this happens at any speed.’
    • ‘Her car then shot forward and went over the cliff through the railings between some seating.’
    • ‘As he shot forward, Jacob had grabbed the fishing pole and he dove across the driving path.’
    • ‘Before Mike could do anything, David shot forward and took the book in his hands.’
    • ‘He surged forward before shooting past Thomas Myhre.’
    • ‘Her words strike a chord deep within me and a sudden chill shoots down my spine.’
    • ‘Cloud looked up at the mountain ahead of them and saw lightning shoot across the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His car then shot forward, hit Mr Skipworth, and then careered into a second parked car.’
    • ‘He suddenly hit the brakes and Prudence shot forward in her seat, bracing herself on the dashboard.’
    • ‘She tried to make an escape by brushing past him but his hand suddenly shot out and grabbed her wrist.’
    • ‘He shot forward suddenly, knocking me backwards with a powerful kick to my chest.’
    • ‘The scraggly arms shot forward and screams fell behind me as Sandra ran in after me.’
    • ‘He took another step forward and she shot to her feet, spinning quickly and lunging for the door.’
    • ‘He initially stopped but then Caldwell shot off in the car at speed.’
    • ‘Emma suddenly shoots out of her chair and stands so her eyes are mere centimetres from Shannon's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 2.1[with object]Cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction.
      [with object and adverbial of direction] ‘he would have fallen if Marc hadn't shot out a hand to stop him’
      ‘Beauchamp shot United into the lead’
      • ‘He shot his hand out, braced himself against the bulkhead, and froze in mid-float.’
      • ‘He shot his hand out and the water followed.’
    2. 2.2[with 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’
      • ‘Then he shot a questioning glance towards his superior, wondering if he should continue.’
      • ‘The jeweler glanced up and shot a look at the saleswoman standing beside him.’
      • ‘Michael recoiled as if the laughter was directed at him and shot a disturbed look at the man behind him.’
      • ‘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 the India-New Zealand cricket match in the City, Derek perhaps felt it appropriate to shoot some cricket-related questions.’
      • ‘Maddy's lips separated a little bit and she grinned before shooting another quick glance at Carver while replying.’
      • ‘Then after shooting another quick look at her companions, she attached an addendum to her prayer.’
      • ‘He pointedly shot a questioning glance at Lino, nodding his head towards Mel and Jessica.’
      • ‘Carina gave a weak smile in return and shot a questioning look over at Toni.’
      • ‘Then she snapped her head away and shot a quick glance at the rest of the band.’
      • ‘I remarked shooting a pointed glance at the stereo where someone was still supposedly singing.’
      • ‘She shot a quick glance at Ty, but he was looking the other way, towards the horses.’
      • ‘I shot a questioning look at my twin sister, who just beamed back at me innocently.’
      • ‘They slap their fellow males on the back, sprawl across sofas and shoot repeated glances at target females.’
      • ‘The first turned deathly pale and shot a quick glance at the other.’
      • ‘I saw Mother shoot a warning glance over at me from the hedge garden.’
      • ‘Firearms enthusiasts have shot back at calls for ball bearing guns to be banned.’
      • ‘With boys and girls shooting questions left, right and centre, the organisers were pushed into defence.’
      • ‘Michelle smiled at him and tentatively shot a glance at Grace before replying.’
      • ‘He shot a quick glance to Jake, who had the eyes of a hawk sizing up a rabbit.’
      direct, turn, throw, send, dart, bestow, give
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    3. 2.3Used to invite a comment or question.
      ‘“May I just ask you one more question?” “Shoot.”’
      • ‘Then you say, "now can i ask you a question?", then Dominic says "okay, 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.’
    4. 2.4(of a pain) move with a sharp stabbing sensation.
      ‘Claudia felt a shaft of pain shoot through her chest’
      figurative ‘a pang of regret shot through her’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The blood thrummed dully in her eardrums, echoing throughout the caverns and sending pain shooting to her skull.’
      • ‘He gasps as pain shoots down his right arm to his wrist and he drops the door stop.’
      • ‘To make matters even worse, sharp needles of pain were shooting across her eyes and the soup felt like lead in her stomach.’
      • ‘She clutched her side, feeling a sharp pain shoot through her body.’
      • ‘By now the pain was shooting from my hip all the way down my leg to a foot that had gone partially numb.’
      • ‘My hip finally realized I'd fallen, sending a pain shooting down my leg.’
      • ‘The pain can shoot down your lower back into your buttocks, or down your leg.’
      • ‘I groan and sigh in failure, nauseous with pain shooting from my extremities.’
      • ‘There was pain shooting from her lower stomach to her head.’
      • ‘The loosely fitted arm came off, and a blinding pain shot down my own arm.’
      • ‘I could feel the pain shooting everywhere inside me.’
      • ‘He could tell by the new pain that shot from his feet to the rest of his leg.’
      • ‘You may also feel a lump in your throat and intense pain shooting into your ears when you swallow.’
      • ‘However, he was having excruciating electric shock-like pains shooting from his hand to his elbow.’
      • ‘Moments later, I felt a horrible hunger pain shoot through my body.’
      • ‘I felt pain shoot through my body and a cold felling.’
      • ‘Groggy farmers and their families awoke with throats, eyes and lungs seared and burning, pain shooting into their chests.’
      • ‘Even worse was that sometimes the pain seemed to shoot into both shoulders.’
      • ‘As I reached up to press the elevator button, I winced at the crackling pain shooting down from my shoulder along my arm.’
    5. 2.5[with object](of a boat) sweep swiftly down or under (rapids, a waterfall, or a bridge)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rowing through a bridge, every sound of the boat echoes, and shooting a bridge adds a burst of power through the boat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now it's time to head to the great outdoors and scale a cliff, shoot some rapids or hike to the peak.’
      • ‘Of course, few things beat the thrill of taking a craft out on the white water and shooting the rapids.’
      • ‘In one case, we hiked a little up the Little Colorado River to shoot some rapids ‘body-style’ in our life jackets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's like balancing an egg on a spoon while shooting the rapids,’ said Graham Hill, the English driver.’
    6. 2.6informal [with object](of a motor vehicle) pass (a traffic light at red)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a train crash in 1990, the driver was held to blame for over-shooting a red light.’
    7. 2.7Extend sharply in a particular direction.
      ‘a road that seemed to just shoot upward at a terrifying angle’
      • ‘Lacking foothills, it appears to shoot straight up into the sky, its jagged granite peaks floating above the clouds.’
      • ‘One city seems to have a giant beam of light shooting upward, visible as a bright phosphorescent glow, and then away, gone.’
      • ‘A violent gale shot upwards, lifting clots of mud into the air, stirring his clothing and hair.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, many listed retailers saw profits shoot upwards as well, tripling in some cases.’
      • ‘Once things slowed down, retrenchment became a serious business just as health care and education expenses began to shoot upwards.’
      • ‘Architecturally its bigness was exaggerated by the close spacing of the aluminium structure shooting upwards from the Gothic arches at the base.’
      • ‘Sure enough, her father's Gallons Pumped display showed a blur of numbers, shooting ever upwards.’
      • ‘The water stopped shooting upward and the holes in the walls closed up.’
      • ‘My reading age shot upwards and I was reading books for eight-, nine-, ten-year-olds within just a couple of years.’
      • ‘Then it suggests that there be a uniform PDS price virtually at acquisition cost, thus allowing BPL prices to shoot upwards.’
      • ‘With oil and gas prices shooting upward, it's no wonder the sector is filled with profit-gushers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Players will speed through tracks that twist, turn, loop, corkscrew, shoot upward, drop off, dead end, and more.’
      • ‘Kira yelled as a beam of black light erupted from the centre of the Archives, shooting upwards until it was lost in the clouds.’
      • ‘The ground is shooting upwards, out of the grave, being caught by small, outstretched hands.’
    8. 2.8[with object]Move (a door bolt) to fasten or unfasten a door.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sterling barkeep takes his large key over to the door and locks it, shooting the bolts home with a quiet trepidation.’
      • ‘When he and his mother had gone out into the darkness, my father shut the front door and shot the big brass bolt.’
  • 3[no object] (in soccer, hockey, basketball, etc.) kick, hit, or throw the ball or puck in an attempt to score a goal.

    ‘Williams twice shot wide’
    [with object] ‘after school, we'd go straight out in the alley to shoot baskets’
    • ‘This is a team that was No.2 in free throw shooting in the regular season.’
    • ‘Our game plan in the Finals was to take the puck wide, shoot, and go for rebounds.’
    • ‘The first half saw the visitors push forward with Steve McCormick twice shooting wide.’
    • ‘I used meditation to help with my free throw shooting.’
    • ‘Johnson ought to have scored the winner later, but shot over the bar.’
    • ‘Allen, at 91.8 percent, is third in the league in free throw shooting.’
    • ‘They are three superb footballers, they can shoot on sight, score from all angles and we are really up against it.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Morientes shoots, but his feeble effort is no match for Carlo Cudicini.’
    • ‘As the full forward turned to shoot she was blocked by a Wicklow defender.’
    • ‘There were chances for the opposition to level, especially when Rosicky shot wide from in front of goal.’
    • ‘In fact, it seems the only reason Kidd shoots is to keep opposing defenses honest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Into injury time, Portlaoise had claims for a penalty over-ruled when McCormack was blocked as he attempted to shoot for goal.’
    • ‘Free throw shooting, as an uncontested shot, is the only basketball stat that's pure.’
    • ‘The ball falls to Tugay who shoots narrowly left and wide from inside the box.’
    • ‘Ronaldo shoots from the byline and hits the post.’
    • ‘He's clever inside, shoots really well for his size, and his game is unorthodox enough to throw off the defense.’
    1. 3.1informal [with object]Make (a specified score) for a round of golf.
      ‘in the second round he shot a 65’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 3.2North American informal [with object]Play a game of (pool or dice)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Visitors can choose to simply relax with a glass of beer, shoot some pool, or play a game of darts.’
      • ‘They're nice guys, and perfectly fun to shoot a little pool with, though.’
      • ‘In one of his scenes, the camera focuses in on the band gathered in a circle as if they are shooting dice.’
      • ‘The scene they walked in on was Larry shooting some pool at his gray and glass pool table with one of his skater friends.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We went to shoot pool with mutual friends a few times after school and he was always fun to be with.’
      • ‘Show me an accountant that shoots pool, and I'll show you a game that is carefully calculated.’
      • ‘It showed, as Dale Murphy shot one of the best games of his life coming in with 43 points.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I don't know if he could shoot pool, although I had the feeling finding out could prove expensive.’
      • ‘If I'm not shooting some pool, I'm at the nail salon getting a manicure.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Alex saw Callan shooting pool in the far corner by himself, so decided to join him.’
      • ‘If you want to shoot pool for the pure joy of it, find a team that shares your attitude.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We went into town and ate, then went to shoot some pool.’
  • 4[with object] Film or photograph (a scene, film, etc.)

    ‘she has just been commissioned to shoot a video’
    [no object] ‘point the camera and just shoot—nothing could be easier’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I will admit as well the scenery of coastal Maine where the film was shot on location was lovely.’
    • ‘South Africa, over the last two years, has become a favored new location for shooting feature films.’
    • ‘Once all the ingredients are assembled, making a film involves shooting scenes and editing them to create the final sensation.’
    • ‘The film was shot in two-and-a-half weeks, mostly with a digital video camera, using natural light.’
    • ‘Following the arrest of his father and brother, David Friedman purchased a video camera and began shooting scenes of the family nightmare.’
    • ‘I remember two days before the Academy Awards we were shooting the scene in the oil.’
    • ‘He could re-edit the film, shoot additional scenes, design his own ad campaign, and create any kind of come-on.’
    • ‘The cinematography also does a good job concealing the fact most of the film was shot on soundstages.’
    • ‘The 17 to 20-year-olds used their new skills to script, shoot and edit the five-minute pieces.’
    • ‘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 crew shot a chase scene around Dublin Castle that is featured in the trailer for the film.’
    • ‘To add further excitement, the studio intended to shoot the film in Technicolor, a very new process in 1938.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film is set to shoot the desert scenes in Morocco and the interiors in either London or Rome.’
    • ‘It was the first film to be shot entirely at London Films' huge new studios at Denham in Buckinghamshire.’
    • ‘The film is shot on video, but that's not so obvious as to be a distraction for long.’
    • ‘He is looking forward to shooting at Castle Howard.’
    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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  • 5[no object] (of a plant or seed) send out buds or shoots; germinate.

    • ‘When Dahlia tubers shoot, divide and plant in a sunny spot in the garden.’
    • ‘Then they start shooting out seeds, which go a certain distance then fall to the ground and grow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vines were also shooting out at Hadez as he spoke.’
    1. 5.1(of a bud or shoot) appear; sprout.
      • ‘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’
    • ‘And while the woman did shoot heroin, she also shot a lot of cocaine.’
    • ‘When not losing money in seedy gambling dens or making wisecracks about chaos theory, he's shooting heroin.’
    • ‘First Johnny, then Jerry started shooting heroin; I noticed changes in their appearance and behavior.’
    • ‘I knew I couldn't continue shooting heroin forever, and I know now that I can never be addicted again.’
    • ‘But they also beg the question, why don't all people drink excessively, gamble away their savings, and shoot heroin?’
    • ‘During the waiting period many returned to shooting heroin.’
    • ‘In addition, there were frequent public outcries over the users' behaviors, such as shooting their drugs openly in public places.’
    • ‘I was shooting drugs and drinking liquor and it just killed my liver and turned me into an ugly drunk.’
    • ‘They hear scary tales about sniffing glue, popping pills and 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.’
    administer, introduce
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  • 7[with object] Plane (the edge of a board) accurately.

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


  • 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’
    • ‘Pinching out the shoot tips after young plants have finished flowering is a good way of making them bush out.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plants had defective shoot apical meristems and grew slowly in vitro.’
    • ‘In mature Juglans regia trees, female flowering is apical on spring shoots.’
    • ‘Three similar branches, shoots or tillers per plant were selected for the three treatments.’
    • ‘Similarly, clipping shoots of Artemisia plants did not reduce resprouting relative to unclipped control plants.’
    • ‘In addition, camels and cattle browse young shoots of this tree, thus limiting its development and possibilities of regeneration.’
    • ‘Plant shoots were harvested in July, August, and November 1993.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny flowers may appear in late summer - pinch off the blooms and growing shoots of young plants to maintain foliage colour and encourage bushiness.’
    • ‘Leaf and stem tissue from young, newly developed shoots was used as explant tissue for plant transformation as follows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In spring the young leaf shoots are used to garnish all kinds of food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Look for instance at plants: vandalized trees send out new shoots, grass grows on rubbish dumps, flowers spring up in scrap yards.’
    • ‘Gemmotherapy consists of herbal remedies made from the buds or shoots of young plants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The shoots of all plants were cut back to about 20-25 cm above the soil.’
    sprout, offshoot, scion, sucker, bud, spear, runner, tendril, sprig, cutting
    stolon, flagellum, bine, ratoon
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  • 2An occasion when a group of people hunt and shoot game for sport.

    ‘a grouse shoot’
    • ‘The opportunities for travel have been regular and tantalising - from grouse shoots in Scotland to gun wielding in darkest Africa.’
    • ‘Four basic dove-hunting options are available: grain fields, roost brush, water holes and pass shoots.’
    • ‘It's even more excessive than a bunch of City investment bankers on a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barry Atkinson carried out a record 148 days' worth of beating - or flushing out birds - at grouse, partridge and pheasant shoots.’
    • ‘One or two of the dialogue scenes, in particular the one showing international war-profiteers enjoying a grouse shoot, have a dated, agitprop feel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Professional beaters will be called in by Bradford Council to drive birds on to privately-owned adjoining moors where grouse shoots still take place.’
    • ‘The Lords and ladies would be put up at the Devonshire Arms Hotel at Bolton Abbey before the pheasant and grouse shoots.’
    • ‘The event was a laser clay pigeon shoot at a holiday resort.’
    • ‘It featured a sporting clay shoot, guided hunts for pheasant and quail and a celebrity dinner with live and silent auctions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In winter, hunters come for the wild game shoots, which explains the rifles on the wall and the disparate taxidermy.’
    • ‘Here's a romantic view of a grouse shoot on Beamsley Beacon by Turner.’
    • ‘Is modern quick-drying nylon appropriate wear on a formal occasion such as a shoot, in any circumstances?’
    • ‘Grimond was adopted as candidate for Orkney and Shetland, having only seen the cliffs of Hoy while in Caithness on a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘No shoot has been organised on his land for the Glorious Twelfth - the start of the grouse shooting today.’
    • ‘In the first, the applicant S took part in a protest against a grouse shoot.’
    • ‘Grouse and partridge shoots are run separately.’
    1. 2.1British Land used for shooting game.
      • ‘There is another similar shoot up the same valley.’
      • ‘Game farmers hatch out eggs and day old chicks or poults are delivered to the shoot depending on the model they are operating.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2A shooting match or contest.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘A general meeting held recently, the last before the annual clay pigeon shoot to finalise arrangements.’
      • ‘He won the 2002 air rifle world title in a nerve-wracking shoot off with Jie Li of China.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
  • 3An occasion when a professional photographer takes photographs or when a film or video is being made.

    ‘a photo shoot’
    ‘a fashion shoot’
    • ‘The Rajaji Hall courtyard was abuzz with activity since morning, as hundreds of junior artistes gathered for the shoot.’
    • ‘Pre-production planning of a motion capture shoot for a game is a very difficult and important process.’
    • ‘And during the shoot in Norway, John risked his life by performing a series of extreme stunts on ice.’
    • ‘Yao says he plans to spend less time on commercial shoots and more time working on his game or resting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually they finished their shoot and everyone headed back for lunch, which is when we got the change to interview Sid Haig.’
    • ‘Café manager Georgina Galley said Warner Brothers crews used to come into the Ive Café for meals before shoots.’
    • ‘The most common sight in southern California these days isn't a movie shoot or a beach party.’
    • ‘‘The rest of the week, I have modeling shoots and press conferences,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Debbie maintained that depth of emotion in her performance throughout the shoot.’
    • ‘In Goa, according to Pooja, it was one big party during the 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.’
    • ‘Take in 300-500 grams of carbs divided among four to seven meals starting the day before your shoot.’
    • ‘The shoot was marred by protesters shutting down production at one point.’
    • ‘In each town, the women in the show are first brought together a day or two before the shoot for an ‘ice-breaking session’.’
    • ‘Still she performed like a trooper and actually did the shoot so kudos to her.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    • ‘I ran out my door, slamming it, so I'd wake up all the neighbors; shoot, only one light turned on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lots of them know what a great lift this is - shoot, we write about sports.’
    • ‘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.’


  • have shot one's bolt

    • informal Have done all that one is able.

      • ‘Hate to tempt fate, but France appear to have shot their bolt.’
      • ‘We have shot our bolt and couldn't now take similar action elsewhere, even if this were desirable.’
      • ‘I had waited all these years for him to slip up and now he has shot his bolt.’
      • ‘Four miles out and I began dimly to understand that I had shot my bolt.’
      • ‘Palace had shot their bolt and it was no surprise when City levelled midway through the half, although the scorer would have fooled a few.’
      • ‘He had shot his bolt in that third-game tiebreaker and the 9-0 fourth was the price he paid.’
      • ‘You can put it down to lack of expertise in playing over five days, a woeful shortage of staying power or, quite simply, they had shot their bolt.’
      • ‘The horse was unable to sustain the gallop and had shot his bolt by the time they reached the final bend.’
      • ‘He had shot his bolt by the seventies, retreating into gloomy introspection.’
      • ‘She had shot her bolt before the third bend.’
  • shoot the breeze (or the bull)

    • informal Have a casual conversation.

      • ‘Above the thunderous whir of the aircraft rotors, Nelson and his buddies yelled back and forth, shooting the bull as the copter lifted off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Jon and I would just sit in the tent with the microphone between us and start shooting the breeze,’ says Liesl Clark.’
      • ‘Have a chat, shoot the breeze, raise a glass to them.’
      • ‘Firstly, these kids were attending Sandringham Church, not shooting the breeze in some Internet chat room or hanging round a bus-stop and smoking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We were just two unemployed guys who once worked together - shooting the breeze, telling war stories.’
      • ‘On both occasions I visited, regulars drifted in and out to shoot the breeze at the counter with the owner.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At one point in every telecast, he would shoot his cuffs, lean forward and appear to address each and every Canadian personally.’
      • ‘Edward took the time to straighten his tie and shoot his cuffs.’
      • ‘At that point he would shoot his cuffs and saunter cockily back to me.’
      • ‘We bade the ladies a good morning, touched our caps, shot our cuffs and nipped up the hill towards the Bar on the track.’
      • ‘He took a last look in the mirror, fixed his tie, shot his cuffs and puffed out his chest.’
      • ‘‘Let the boys across the aisle do the talking,’ he would say, smiling dreamily as he shot his cuffs.’
      • ‘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.’
  • shoot from the hip

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Though not averse to speaking out on a range of controversial subjects, Mahathir rarely just shoots from the hip.’
      • ‘Elaine shot from the hip, which often got her into hot water but she is a huge loss.’
      • ‘I know that she shoots from the hip and is liable to provoke righteous indignation.’
      • ‘In the book he shoots from the hip and rides roughshod over reputations, holding a modicum of his once monumental power and relishing it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With that in mind, I have shot from the hip and dared people to respond.’
      • ‘He is a competitive guy who shoots from the hip and commands huge respect from his players.’
      • ‘He shoots from the hip, is amusing and mostly correct.’
  • shoot oneself in the foot

    • informal Inadvertently make a situation worse for oneself.

      • ‘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 think they have shot themselves in the foot with this.’
      • ‘Some Norwegians think the Nobel Peace Prize committee have shot themselves in the foot by awarding it for tree-planting.’
      • ‘In my view, they've already shot themselves in the foot.’
      • ‘If the customers don't come with you, then you have shot yourself in the foot.’
      • ‘The alphabet organisations shot themselves in the foot because of their greed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We shot ourselves in the foot and basically we only have ourselves to blame.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘And the number of armed thugs willing to shoot it out with coalition troops is quite small.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He shot it out with the cop, who got off a single round from his newly issued Glock 17 before his service pistol jammed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A tiny handful, from the banned far-right parties, may try to shoot it out with the army.’
      • ‘Of course, eventually the robbers enter the bank, shoot it out with the FBI, and Conway gets shot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Very few of these cowards shoot it out with the cops.’
  • shoot a line

    • informal Describe something in an exaggerated, untruthful, or boastful 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 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.’
      • ‘I suppose it is possible that he was ‘shooting a line’ to the Manager which was then recorded.’
      overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflate
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  • shoot one's mouth off

    • informal Talk boastfully or indiscreetly.

      • ‘I hated the way she shot her mouth off constantly to get media attention.’
      • ‘He wasn't very telegenic; he shot his mouth off; he said things other candidates were too afraid to say.’
      • ‘So if you feel like shooting your mouth off, don't.’
      • ‘If he has evidence that ties Novak into it after he shot his mouth off then that's a real cover-up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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’
      • ‘During one attack a Scud missile was shot down overhead and the wreckage was left in his camp for three days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I know probably how these individuals felt to some extent before they were shot down and lost their lives.’
      • ‘The footage also showed that flight patterns were found for aircraft, along with plans and instructions for how to shoot them down.’
      • ‘Through the windows you could see the Scuds arcing over the city and the Patriot missiles trying to shoot them 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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pilots who approach the zone will be told that if they enter it they will be shot down.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Kill or wound someone by shooting them, especially in a ruthless way.
        ‘troops shot down 28 demonstrators’
        • ‘Within the next few minutes a dozen more people were shot down and many wounded.’
        • ‘Bill Quick is the guy who tells Winer that the group should shoot the murdering creature down before it kills them all.’
        • ‘A crowd of Frenchmen started to swarm across, as the ships locked in deadly combat, but they were shot down.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘I also had a go at shooting the cans down twice.’
        • ‘When a few tried to escape they were shot down on the spot and their bodies thrown into the canal.’
        • ‘The first wave of soldiers guarding the base was shot down easily, having not been prepared for an attack.’
        • ‘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.’
        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 or argument.
        ‘she tried to argue and got shot down in flames for her trouble’
        • ‘I voiced my opinion after an hour of internal deliberation, but it was shot down and ignored faster than I could blink.’
        • ‘Both you and Rex Kerr were much nicer to it than Pim who, in my opinion, sought merely to shoot it down.’
        • ‘She shoots me down like a spotty teenager with a crush.’
        • ‘As for his competitors' criticism, Charlton shoots it down as sour grapes.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘‘We didn't think we would be shot down so early on in the game,’ said dad.’
        • ‘But the unfair attacks on Frist were shot down very quickly.’
        • ‘When they applied for much needed funding for sporting facilities they were shot down despite the fact that they are deserving cases.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
  • shoot through

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

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

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

      ‘when she hit thirteen she shot up to a startling 5 foot 9’
      • ‘The ball seats two and shoots up 70 metres on its springs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Drab high-rise, shoddily constructed buildings in poorly designed developments have shot up everywhere.’
      • ‘In the spring it just starts shooting up like crazy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Realising her foot was firmly stuck she yanked firmly on her foot; it shot up like a spring.’
      • ‘The torch was lowered but this time instead of the wood slowly catching fire, the wood enflamed rapidly and shot up sky high.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      1. 1.1(of a price or amount) rise suddenly.
        • ‘The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Winston's body.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Prices have shot up to $40 a barrel and are set to rise further.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The price shoots up for larger sites in sought-after locations with pre-approved planning.’
        • ‘Across Africa and Latin America millions of people will suffer as heating and cooking fuel costs rise and the price of food shoots up.’
        • ‘Then the price suddenly shot up, and the options vested within a few months.’
        • ‘Sales of computer peripherals steadily grew in 1999 as PC sales shot up, and experts predict a continued growth this year.’
        • ‘I read in the news that milk prices will be shooting up about 50 cents a gallon.’
        rise, go up, leap up, shoot up, soar, surge
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  • shoot someone/something up

    • 1Cause great damage to something by shooting; kill or wound someone by shooting.

      ‘the police shot up our building’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Several of our planes were shot up, but all the pilots returned uninjured.’
      • ‘In the early part of the day it had been shot up by the enemy air force.’
      • ‘On 4 May 1945 he was killed when his car was shot up by a British aircraft.’
      • ‘Some lunatic called in saying he will shoot the building up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2Inject a narcotic drug; inject someone with a narcotic drug.

      ‘she went home and shot up alone in her room’
      ‘I was shooting up cocaine’
      ‘shoot people up with the new chemical and see what happens’
      • ‘I said rubbing my forehead, ‘Unless you can go about shooting people up with Motrin, I suggest you leave me alone today.’’
      • ‘Mentally, I tried to tell Father Malachi to shoot me up with more of his drugs.’
      • ‘What I need is for someone to shoot me up with a hypodermic needle filled with hope.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The highs didn't last as long and he decided to try shooting up.’
      • ‘You only thought you did because they shot you up with drugs back then.’


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