shoot dead

idiom

: to kill (someone) with bullets
Two people were shot dead during the robbery.

Examples of shoot dead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists shoot dead baby mice stuffed with painkillers out of helicopters Brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) invaded the island of Guam after World War II, courtesy of accidental transport by the United States military. Bethany Brookshire, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 In Plaszow, Lewis saw Göth shoot dead random prisoners from the balcony of the camp commander’s quarters, a sight that was corroborated by multiple witnesses and which Spielberg depicted in his epic. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Nov. 2021 President Rodrigo Duterte has applied his traditional strongman tactics, saying in April last year that police would shoot dead anyone who violated virus restrictions. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 7 Apr. 2021 Islamic State group extremists shoot dead at least 50 Iraqi men, women and children from the same Sunni tribe. Bryan Robinson, Fox News, 2 Nov. 2020 The same images were cited as the grievance that led two killers to shoot dead 12 people at the magazine’s offices in a terror attack in 2015. Roger J. Kreuz, The Conversation, 15 Sep. 2020 Miquidade was speaking Tuesday after a video was distributed on social media showing people in the uniforms of the Mozambican Armed Defence Force beat and then shoot dead a naked woman. Tom Bowker, Star Tribune, 15 Sep. 2020 Similar bans on public demonstrations were imposed in Chile, Lebanon, and the Philippines, where President Rodrigo Duterte authorized the police and military to shoot dead anyone found to be violating the country’s coronavirus restrictions. Timothy McLaughlin, The Atlantic, 25 Aug. 2020

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“Shoot dead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoot%20dead. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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