shoot down

verb

Definition of shoot down

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 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

First Known Use of shoot down

1657

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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