Definition of shoot up in US 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the spring it just starts shooting up like crazy.’
    • ‘The ball seats two and shoots up 70 metres on its springs.’
    • ‘Drab high-rise, shoddily constructed buildings in poorly designed developments have shot up everywhere.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 (of a price or amount) rise suddenly.
      • ‘She said the number of emergency patients admitted to the hospital has shot up, reaching a figure of 1,600 in March.’
      • ‘Across Africa and Latin America millions of people will suffer as heating and cooking fuel costs rise and the price of food shoots up.’
      • ‘In fact, the value of all these paintings shoots up to unimaginable rates as they grow older and older.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Prices have shot up to $40 a barrel and are set to rise further.’
      • ‘I read in the news that milk prices will be shooting up about 50 cents a gallon.’
      • ‘Sales of computer peripherals steadily grew in 1999 as PC sales shot up, and experts predict a continued growth this year.’
      rise, go up, leap up, soar, surge
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  • 2informal Inject oneself with a narcotic drug.

    ‘she went home and shot up alone in her room’