Definition of shoot up in English:

shoot up

phrasal verb

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the spring it just starts shooting up like crazy.’
    • ‘Drab high-rise, shoddily constructed buildings in poorly designed developments have shot up everywhere.’
    1. 1.1 (of a price or amount) rise suddenly.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, the value of all these paintings shoots up to unimaginable rates as they grow older and older.’
      • ‘The price shoots up for larger sites in sought-after locations with pre-approved planning.’
      • ‘I read in the news that milk prices will be shooting up about 50 cents a gallon.’
      • ‘She said the number of emergency patients admitted to the hospital has shot up, reaching a figure of 1,600 in March.’
      • ‘Then the price suddenly shot up, and the options vested within a few months.’
      • ‘The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Winston's body.’
      • ‘Sales of computer peripherals steadily grew in 1999 as PC sales shot up, and experts predict a continued growth this year.’
      • ‘Across Africa and Latin America millions of people will suffer as heating and cooking fuel costs rise and the price of food shoots up.’
      rise, go up, leap up, soar, surge
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