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

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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

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“Shoot down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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