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1‘he went out to shoot rabbits’
gun down, shoot down, mow down, hit, wound, injure, cut down, bring down
put a bullet in, pick off, bag, fell, kill
execute, put before a firing squad
informal pot, blast, pump full of lead, plug, zap
2‘the men began to shoot at the enemy’
fire, fire at, fire on, open fire, open fire at, open fire on, aim at, snipe at, blaze away
3‘faster than a machine gun can shoot bullets’
discharge, fire, launch, let off, loose off, let fly, send forth, emit
4‘a police car shot past’
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
stampede, gallop, chase, career, bustle, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter
informal belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip, get cracking, get a move on, step on it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down
North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
archaic post, hie
5‘some years one or other plant fails to shoot’
sprout, put forth shoots, put forth buds, bud, burgeon, germinate
6‘the film was shot on location in Tunisia’
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
make a film of, televise, video
1‘I nip off the new shoots to make the plant bush out’
sprout, offshoot, scion, sucker, bud, spear, runner, tendril, sprig, cutting
technical stolon, flagellum, bine, ratoon
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