shoot down

shot down; shooting down; shoots down

Definition of shoot down

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall by shooting shot down the helicopter especially : to kill in this way was shot down in cold blood
2 : to put an end to : defeat, reject shoot down legislation
4 : discredit sense 2 shoot down a theory

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for shoot down


deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, laugh (at), mock, ridicule, scout, skewer

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of shoot down in a Sentence

nowadays the aging activist is routinely shot down in most quarters of the media and dismissed as an irrelevant crank every one of my fund-raising ideas was shot down by the other club members

First Known Use of shoot down

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shoot down

Statistics for shoot down

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shoot down

The first known use of shoot down was in 1657

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on shoot down

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with shoot down

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for shoot down

Comments on shoot down

What made you want to look up shoot down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move or obtain by small maneuvers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!