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: to cause to fall by shooting
shot down the helicopter
: to kill in this way
was shot down in cold blood
: to put an end to : defeat, reject
shoot down legislation
: deflate, ridicule
: discredit sense 2
shoot down a theory
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belie, confound, confute, debunk, disconfirm, discredit, disprove, falsify, rebut, refute
confirm, establish, prove, validate, verify
1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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