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shoot down

transitive verb

Definition of shoot down

  1. 1 :  to cause to fall by shooting <shot down the helicopter>; especially :  to kill in this way <was shot down in cold blood>

  2. 2 :  to put an end to :  defeat, reject <shoot down legislation>

  3. 3 :  deflate, ridicule

  4. 4 :  discredit 2 <shoot down a theory>



Examples of shoot down in a sentence

  1. <nowadays the aging activist is routinely shot down in most quarters of the media and dismissed as an irrelevant crank>

  2. <every one of my fund-raising ideas was shot down by the other club members>



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